FARM Bag Frenzy

November 9, 2020

October FARM Bags Engage 600 Kids

“What are we going to do with all these pumpkins?!” Those were the words of Farm Bureau Manager Greg Millburg, upon seeing an ocean of orange in the Center for Agriculture garage recently. That was the staging area for basket after bushel basket of pumpkins needed for October’s FARM Bags.

FARM stands for Food & Agriculture Resources Monthly, and October was the first month bag supplies were available to groups by request. And what a month it was! In all, a dozen groups requested supplies to reach 600 children across the county.

FARM Bag supplies will be available by request during each month of the 2020-2021 school year. The request form for December’s activity, which will focus on wheat, can be found at

Sign up for future FARM Bags and view previous month’s resources at

Several Sycamore 3rd grade classes incorporated the pumpkin FARM Bag activities into remote learning. Shown are students from Kyla Rader’s class at Southeast School.

Hannah Anderson shows off her “3-D Pumpkin Surprise,” a FARM Bag craft activity which challenged children to read the Pumpkin Ag Mag and write down three surprising new facts on sentence strips which were then made into a 3-dimensional paper pumpkin.
Hayden Bagg answers questions about his mini pumpkin. Says his mom, “Hayden had a blast with the pumpkin activities. …This was such a great thing to do right before the long weekend.”
One of the FARM Bag activities asked children to predict how many seeds were in their pumpkin. Once they cut it open, they grouped the seeds in piles of ten to determine the actual total. Here, Hunter Lundeen begins grouping her seeds.
FARM Bag assembly is bonding time for Hinckley-Big Rock FFA members (from left to right) Madaline Hogan, Matt Weibler and Chris Weibler. HBR FFA assembled bags to be distributed at the Hinckley and Big Rock libraries and by the Hinckley Lions Club.