New agriculture exhibit planned for St. Louis Science Center

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ST. LOUIS (AP) _ A new $7.3 million permanent exhibit meant to teach how food is produced is coming to the St. Louis Science Center.

The center has announced that the one-acre exhibit called “GROW” will open next summer and include more than 40 displays, including a flock of chickens, and a do-it-yourself farming area.

The center’s president and CEO, Bert Vescolani, says the exhibit will be open year-round to follow the seasons and stages of food production.

Along with an introduction to farming, the exhibit will feature facts about water, weather and how plants work, plus a greenhouse with a working aquaponic farm, in which fish fertilize the plants.

The project will be underwritten largely by private donations and bond money, along with a National Science Foundation grant.