Applications are now open for the 2023 Jersey Farm to School Farmer of the Year Award
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“Swiss Chard, Swiss Chard, We Love Swiss Chard.”
The students and staff welcomed back their beloved farmer with a creatively crafted chant. The seeds Farmer Shannon had donated to the school in the spring, had grown into delicious Swiss chard for the students to enjoy. If one were to have witnessed the scene of excited students chanting, while Farmer Shannon walked into the local elementary school, one would know you were looking at the recipient of the “Jersey Fresh Farmer Award” for 2022.
Farmer Shannon Higginbotham, of Cheyenne’s Road Market, has spent the past 15 years volunteering at local schools teaching students about agriculture, health and wellness, gardening, animals, and agriculture science. As you tour Farmer Shannon’s farm, her passion for educating becomes evident. Farmer Shannon talked about her daughter and namesake of the farm, Cheyenne. Cheyenne has a passion for animals and is currently studying to become a veterinarian. And what better way to encourage your child’s interest in animals than to bring them on the farm. On the tour, Farmer Shannon pointed out Cheyenne’s Christmas present, Rudolph, that glanced our way and continued to munch on hay. Our guided tour continued as Farmer Shannon educated us on agricultural life, such as how farmers know the seasons based on the changing of the leaves, rather than a date on the calendar. Mid-hayride Cheyenne caught up with our tour and as the tractor turned the corner, Cheyenne’s beloved brown cow caught sight of her and ran excitedly to the tractor stopping just short of the fence. The cow’s excitement was a clear indication of the passion both Farmer Shannon and her daughter Cheyenne have for farming and animals.
We believe Farmer Shannon herself, summed up why she was chosen as the Jersey Fresh Farmer of 2022, “I am so passionate about teaching students about farming, agriculture, healthy eating, and produce. They are our next customers, our future farmers, and the next generation.”