State searches for ‘ag superheroes’

Published 4:55 pm Friday, February 24, 2023

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Some of Virginia’s own “superheroes” will arrive at the 2023 State Fair of Virginia in the form of agriculture-themed trading cards. Fair organizers are seeking nominations of everyday agricultural heroes through March 8. They will select 12 Virginians for the first round of Ag Superhero Trading Cards.

The cards will make their debut during the fair’s Educational Expo, which offers field trips for school groups to learn about Virginia agriculture, natural resources and related trade industries.

“We’re Virginia’s largest outdoor classroom, so we want to make sure that doesn’t just stop at the fair,” said Sarah Jane Thomsen, State Fair manager of agriculture education and strategic partnerships programming. She added that teachers will receive lesson plans and activities to pair with the cards in the classroom.

There is no “one-size-fits-all” for an “ag superhero,” she explained, as the trading cards aim to celebrate the rich diversity of the agricultural community — whether by spotlighting a truck driver who supplies grocery stores, a farmer who works sunup to sundown to keep food on the shelves, or an advocate who connects policymakers with farmers or promotes sound conservation programs.

“We’re really excited to see what that farmer superhero looks like to our communities,” Thomsen added.

To nominate someone for this year’s trading cards, fill out the Google form at Nominations will be reviewed by a committee that will select 12 individuals. Those not selected may be featured on cards in future years.