Loudoun County’s award-winning farmer trading cards are back by popular demand.
Loudoun elementary school children on Tuesday received the baseball-style trading cards that feature Loudoun County farmers, several of whom made special appearances at schools to autograph cards.
It is the second year for the program, a partnership between Loudoun Economic Development and Loudoun County Public Schools. “Our goal is to promote healthy eating, as well as to educate children about the importance of farming and where their food comes from,” Becky Domokos-Bays, director of School Nutrition, stated.
Featured farmers this year are: Alex Bates, If It Flies Farm;
Sara Brown, Oakland Green Farm; Julie Borneman, Watermark Woods; Adrienne Green, Independence Homestead; Warren Howell, Allder School Berries; John Moore, Temple Hall Farm Park; Mary Ellen Taylor, Endless Summer Harvest; Anna and Daniel Cohen of Bay Haven Farm; and John and Joel McClintic of Thousand Hills Farm.
“It’s great to have children look up to these successful business owners, who not only contribute to Loudoun’s economy, but also help feed the community,” said Loudoun Economic Development’s Executive Director Buddy Rizer.
In its first year, the program won a statewide achievement award from the Virginia Association of Counties.