Farm field trip provides fall fun

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MOUNT VERNON — For every student at Jefferson Elementary School, the perfect pumpkin is waiting to be found at Schuh Farms.

Large, small or oblong, students this week are venturing into the fields to pick their pumpkins. Kindergartners on Monday were the first group to take to the field.

“It’s a really exciting experience for kids to see what Skagit County has to offer,” said kindergarten teacher Renee Garman. “And what we have around us.”

The all-school field trip is made possible by the school’s parent group, which first funded the field trip last year.

“It was such a hit,” Garman said.

At the farm, the kids fed chickens, learned about squash varieties and took a hayride into the field to find their pumpkins.

Five-year-old Mari Bazan picked a pumpkin that easily allowed her to follow the only rule about pumpkin picking: each child must be able to carry his or her pumpkin without help.

“It’s a baby pumpkin,” she said of her choice.

For Andy Schuh, who returned to work at the family farm after spending years in Los Angeles, fall is not only a busy time for the farm, but also a fun one.

“It’s a great education for them,” Schuh said of the students. “A lot of kids don’t get to see this.”

As the kids played with piglets and calves, they also learned about where their food comes from.

“I think it’s great for them to see these things,” Schuh said.

Picture: Brandy Shreve