Baker County Farm Bureau teaches kids about ag at Field to Fork Days

Teaching kids that “food doesn’t come from the grocery store” and improve their understanding about agriculture in Baker County were the goals of Field to Fork, held May 11-12 at the fairgrounds in Baker City.

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“Baker County Farm Bureau has been involved with Field to Fork since its beginning eight years ago,” said Eugene Hawes, county Farm Bureau board member. “We realized that even though kids in Baker County live in a rural area, they weren’t making the connection to how their food is grown.”

Five groups of elementary school students rotated between five stations that focused on different aspects of agriculture: ag commodity diversity, water, soil, ag production and transportation, and a “garden in a glove” activity. Both Baker County Farm Bureau Board members Holly Kerns and Hawes were presenters at Field to Fork.

“There are so many aspects to agriculture, we have a lot of information to share,” said Kerns, whose presentation focused on water usage and conservation in agriculture. Each of the stations incorporated hands-on activities and work in a Field to Fork workbook.

“I really think we’re making a difference in these kids’ understanding about how important agriculture is. And I think they have fun,” said Hawes. “Baker County Farm Bureau is proud to be part of this program.”