The Loudoun County Department of Economic Development, in cooperation with the Loudoun County Public Schools Division of School Nutrition, has created a new, fun series of Loudoun farmer trading cards for distribution in April to the county’s elementary school students.
Designed in baseball card style, each of 12 cards features a successful Loudoun farmer. The cards coincide with the School Nutrition Services’ USDA-funded Farm to School pilot program, which promotes partnerships with farmers to increase locally grown produce on school menus.
“We saw this as a great opportunity to partner with Dr. Becky Domokos-Bays, supervisor of School Nutrition Services at the school system,” said Loudoun Agricultural Development Officer Kellie Boles. “Dr. Domokos-Bays and her team at LCPS are working hard to increase awareness among students about the importance of farming and fresh, local foods.”
“These trading cards not only help personalize our local farmers, but they do it in a fun way to help students learn about farming, maybe for the first time. The cards feature just a sampling of Loudoun’s hardworking, creative and thoughtful agricultural business leaders,” said Economic Development’s Executive Director Buddy Rizer.
The farmers featured on the cards are from these Loudoun businesses:
• Faith Like a Mustard Seed Farm• Georges Mill Artisan Cheese• Great Country Farms• Greenstone Fields Farm• Lost Corner Farm• Mill Road Farm• Moutoux Orchard • Potomac Vegetable Farms• Spring House Farm• Wegmeyer Farm• Willowsford Farm
Entrepreneurs interested in starting or expanding a farm business in Loudoun can contact Kellie Boles at Kellie.Boles@Loudoun.gov or by calling 703-777-0426.