Loudoun Farmer Trading Cards Kick Off the 2023 Growing Season

Farmer Trading Cards are back for 2023! Loudoun Economic Development and the Loudoun County Public School’s Nutrition Services are once again partnering to connect local farmers and elementary school classes through this unique program. The initiative explores the importance of farming in Loudoun, shows students where fresh, local produce and farm goods come from, and highlights some of the career paths that can be pursued in agriculture.

Now in its seventh year, this award-winning collaboration coincides with the start of Major League Baseball’s schedule, as well as the opening of farmers’ growing season. Trading cards and corresponding videos are created by Loudoun Economic Development via their Loudoun Farms program and distributed to Elementary school students throughout the county, demonstrating the importance of diversity in farming, local produce, and career and educational paths in farming and agriculture.

“This partnership is so important to the future of farms, agriculture, and the next generation of farmers in Loudoun. Farmer Trading Cards celebrate the importance of local food and products and reinforce the impact that these individuals have on our county,” said Buddy Rizer, Executive Director of Loudoun Economic Development. “As economic development officers, we work to support and grow Loudoun’s diverse workforce and, by partnering with LCPS, we are able to reach students to help them explore all workforce pathways, including those in agriculture, farming, and agribusiness. I’m extremely proud to present our Farmer All Stars for 2023.”

This year’s starting nine are:

In addition to watching the farmer videos and receiving trading cards through Loudoun schoolrooms, this year children will be able to meet the Farmer All Stars in person and have their cards signed at the Loudoun United “Loudoun Made, Loudoun Grown” title night on May 6th.  The farmers will be honored during halftime and be available for autographs and pictures during the game. Other activities that night include farm vendors, face painting, cute farm animals, games, and more! Tickets to this family-friendly event can be found on www.loudoununitedfc.com.