“Food doesn’t come from a grocery store” – that was the main message to the children who attended this year’s Field to Fork Day in Baker City.
Field to Fork Day, an engaging and educational event, took place on May 2 and 3 with the goal of enlightening 5th grade students from Haines, North Powder, South Baker Intermediate, and Pine Eagle schools about the vital role of agriculture in our daily lives. Through five interactive stations, which included – More Than Dirt; Water Resources; Plants in a Glove; Harvesting a Crop; and Ag Commodities, this event aimed to foster a deeper understanding of the journey from farm to table and the significance of sustainable agriculture practices. By connecting children with the roots of their food, Field to Fork Day instilled a sense of appreciation for the hard work and innovation behind each meal. The gathering also served as a platform to inspire the next generation of agriculturists. Accomplished farmers and ranchers shared their experiences, showcasing the endless possibilities and exciting advancements in agriculture. Through storytelling and personal anecdotes, these role models instilled a sense of passion and curiosity in the young participants, igniting their interest in pursuing careers in agriculture and sustainability.
Field to Fork Day proved to be an enlightening and empowering event, successfully teaching young students about the significance of agriculture in our lives.
We want to extend our gratitude to all the volunteers that took time out of their day to make this event possible:
• Eastern Oregon University’s GO STEM program
• Katie Hauser, program coordinator for the OSU Extension in Baker County
• Baker County Cattlewomen
• Oregon Trail Livestock Supply
• Baker County Custom Meats
• Pickard Ranch
• NW Farm Credit
• Richland Feed & Seed
• Oregon Beef Council
• Robbins Farm Equipment