Loudoun Economic Development’s award-winning farmer trading card program is back for its fourth season, and this year the selection process is being opened up to nominations from Loudoun residents.
Farmers who can serves as examples to kids of what a farmer is and does may be nominated by Jan. 25 at biz.Loudoun.gov/Farmer-Cards.
“Finding the next generation of farmers is important to the future of Loudoun. If we want to raise a generation of educated kids who understand and appreciate where their food comes from, it’s important to help them engage, and our farmer trading cards help do that,” Loudoun Economic Development’s Executive Director Buddy Rizer stated. “We think that once kids are exposed to the many opportunities in agriculture, they’ll get excited about the industry.”
The farmer trading cards are distributed to elementary school students each spring to coincide with the start of baseball season. Many of the farmers depicted on the trading cards make personal appearances at schools to autograph their cards.
“Our farmers are superstars, so it’s only right that we treat them that way,” Acting Agricultural Development Officer Vanessa Wagner stated. “The work they do is on display in everyday life in what we eat, in our homes, and in our community. This program helps put faces to that work.”
The criteria for eligibility are that the nominee live and farm in Loudoun County. Alcohol-related businesses are not eligible because the trading cards will be distributed to minors.