Before you get the wrong idea after looking at these pictures, we’re not breaking any child labor laws. Actually, what you see is a visit from the Sage Community School!
Last week, Gold Dust hosted the Sage Community School charter school as a part of an ag tour put together by PROSPER and Trout Unlimited. The tour gave the kids of Sage Community School a chance to see a working potato farm and a mint farm during harvest. After visiting our farm and potato processing plant (yep, we’re in shipping season too!) and the Seus Family’s farm, the students went to the Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge to see farming and wetlands existing in harmony.
While at Gold Dust, Lexi Crawford gave the students a tour of our packing shed while it was running at full tilt. From the sorting tables to chipping potatoes being loaded for shipping, they saw what it takes to get potatoes to our customers. While on the processing plant campus, Lexi also showed them how potatoes are loaded into our potato cellars for storage. Though we love to look at the shed and show folks our cellars, we’re pretty sure the best part of the visit to Gold Dust for the kids is when Lexi took them out to the fields so they could dig their own potatoes. Between the big smiles and the full bags of chipping potatoes, it looks like they had a pretty good time!
On behalf of Lexi and Gold Dust, we’d like to thank Sage Community School for making the trip from Chiloquin down to Malin to visit us. We would also like to this opportunity to thank Steve Kandra and Belinda Scalas of PROSPER and Mike Beagle of Trout Unlimited for organizing the farm tour and including us. It was fun and we’d love to do it again!
Want to see more pictures of the school’s visit? Then you’re in luck! Belinda Scalas has given us permission to share the PDF of a slide show she put together of Sage Community School’s field trip. Click on Sage Charter Fall Harvest Tour 2011, wait for it load in your browswer (this may take a minute if you have a slower connection) and check out all the fun photos of their trip to Gold Dust, Seus Farms and the Tule Lake refuge. Thanks, Belinda!