WHATCOM COUNTY, WA — At the end of October, nearly 1000 third grade students met farmers, ate local food, and learned about the importance of agriculture in Whatcom County. In the words of one volunteer, the Whatcom Farm Circle is unmatched in value.
If you aren’t familiar with this annual education event, you’re going to want to get involved! Each year, the education branch of Whatcom Family Farmers hosts a field trip experience for Whatcom County third graders to learn where their food comes from and meet the farmers who grow it. This event, hosted at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds, is always a highlight for students and becomes more popular every year. This year, a record-number of 939 students attended from 17 different schools.
The best part is that every year we are reaching more students and making an impact on the leaders and farmers of tomorrow.
This year’s Farm Circle featured new activities in the Farming for Life Experience exhibit and all the regular favorites from berry to dairy, potatoes to technology, and water quality to wildlife. In addition, this year, for the first time, third grade students will have the opportunity to explore our new Whatcom Harvest Lessons. These lessons highlight the stories of Whatcom County agriculture and align with third grade standards.
To learn more, or get involved, visit our Whatcom Farm Circle page.
Photos by Jayson Korthuis, Guardian Media