HARRISBURG, Ore. — A trip to the pumpkin patch is an October staple, which is one reason why hundreds of elementary schoolers headed out to Detering Orchards Friday. The other reason is to carry on a long tradition in educating kids on farm fresh food.
About 500 elementary schoolers took part in the tradition that’s over 20 years old, and something they say they look forward to every fall.
Most kids call it the pumpkin patch, but this farm is way more than just gourds. For two years, Brittany Burr has been teaching that to kids, educating them on the importance of these fields.
“We talk to them a lot about different kinds of apples and what makes the apples grow, and where they get their food, but I think a lot of it is the experience of getting to pick an apple off a tree and picking their own pumpkin,” Burr said.
Burr says a good chunk of these 500 students have never picked an apple off a tree or seen where fruits and vegetables grow, but after this trip, they’ll know. It’s an important lesson that the late Roger Detering was passionate about and a lesson these kids seem happy to learn.
This was a lot of kids’ first ever trip to a farm, and the staff at Detering Orchards say this is part of their legacy to make sure kids know where there food comes from and how it’s grown.