March 11, 2014
The sixth graders in Sally Shomo's agricultural science class at Beverly Manor Middle School are ready to celebrate Happy Farmer's Day.
"I made this card to show how much hard work the farmers have done for us," said Cody Persinger, holding up a card he designed and wrote himself.
"The idea for Happy Farmer's Day came from a classroom lesson where we were brainstorming, and decided that we wanted to show our appreciation for the farmers in the state of Virginia," explained Shomo.
Shomo started the program four years ago, and since then she says more than 800 cards have been mailed to farmers.
And during class periods, Shomo teaches the students about the work farmers do.
"You never really think of a farmer when you buy food at a grocery store," said Joanna Waltz. "But now you just really know what they do."
"You know, like, we don't have to take a tomato and make it into ketchup. They've already done that for us," added Ashlea Bowers.
"You know, Augusta County and Rockingham County are the two top areas of agriculture in the state of Virginia," said Shomo. "We're really proud of how our farmers produce, and what they do for us."