Letter: Food education pays off


In their story about the WSU Clark County Extension Farm to Fork program (“Farm to Fork, kids learn about food,” June 17), Columbian staff members Marissa Harshman and Amanda Cowan captured the excitement and wonder Washington Elementary students experienced as they visited Heritage Farm.

As the program coordinators, we want to recognize the volunteer community partners who taught lessons for the spring field days. Allie, Jess, Julia, Chanel and Piper, of the Clark County Food Bank, contributed to both the Food/Food System and the Farm/Garden stations. Pete Dubois and Hana Marino, of the Master Composter/Recycler program, and Master Gardener Vione Graham taught about natural resources.

Families with 4-H and small farmers brought animals: Larry Giberson (chickens), Kirk and Peggy Gresham (llamas), and Sianna Carpenter (chickens, ducks, rabbits, and goats), Karin and Randy Finch (White Oak Alpacas), and Ali Serface (Silver Star Cattle Company).

Employees from iQ Credit Union and Clark County Public Health, and Extension staff “shepherded” students from station to station. These folks generously gave of their time preparing and presenting hands-on, engaging lessons for the 656 students who visited Heritage Farm, and we are grateful for their partnership. We hope these and other community members will support food and farm education by partnering with us to reach even more students.

 



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