Loudoun County’s award-winning farmer trading cards are back by popular demand. For the second year, Loudoun elementary school children will receive baseball-style trading cards on Tuesday, April 4th. The cards feature Loudoun County farmers, several of whom will make special appearances at Loudoun elementary schools to autograph cards:
- Alex Bates, If It Flies Farm – Lucketts Elementary;
- Sara Brown, Oakland Green Farm – Emerick Elementary in Purcellville;
- Julie Borneman, Watermark Woods – Waterford Elementary;
- Adrienne Green, Independence Homestead – Evergreen Mill Elementary in Leesburg;
- Warren Howell, Allder School Berries – Lovettsville Elementary;
- John Moore, Temple Hall Farm Park – Frederick Douglass Elementary in Leesburg;
- Mary Ellen Taylor, Endless Summer Harvest – Balls Bluff Elementary in Leesburg.
“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.
“Last year’s farmers were treated like all-stars when they visited the schools,” said Loudoun’s Agricultural Development Officer Kellie Hinkle. “The cards generated so much excitement that local, regional and national media ran stories about them. School systems in other states contacted us to talk about producing trading cards of their own.”
Loudoun Economic Development partners with Loudoun County Public Schools on the cards.
“Our goal is to promote healthy eating, as well as to educate children about the importance of farming and where their food comes from,” said Dr. Becky Domokos-Bays, director of School Nutrition.
The other farmers featured on this year’s cards are Anna and Daniel Cohen of Bay Haven Farm, and John and Joel McClintic of Thousand Hills Farm. Entrepreneurs interested in starting or expanding a farm business in Loudoun can contact Kellie Hinkle by calling 1-(800)-LOUDOUN.