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A third-grade class from Skyline Elementary School of Ferndale learns about watershed and soil conservation with Aneka Sweeney of the Whatcom Conservation District at one station of the Farm Circle educational event Nov. 1-2 in the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds’ Haggen Expo Building. (Calvin Bratt/Lynden Tribune)

LYNDEN — A total of 32 third-grade classes from around the county participated in the second year of the Whatcom Farm Circle educational event at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds on Nov. 1-2.
 
A second day was added to handle all the interest from schools after the inaugural one-day effort last year, said organizer Jewel TerWisscha for Whatcom Family Farmers.
 
Youngsters came from the Ferndale, Lynden, Lynden Christian, Meridian, Bellingham and other school systems.
 
Eight stations were the same as in 2016, staffed by assorted organizations to cover aspects of Whatcom agriculture:
 
• Soil and Watershed Conservation, Whatcom Conservation District
 
• Growing Potatoes, Bedlington Farms
 
• Growing Raspberries, Enfield Farms
 
• Technology on Farms, DeLaval
 
• Milk From Farm to Table, Dairy Ambassadors
 
• Nutrition, Dairy Farmers of Washington
 
• Wildlife on Farms, Washington State University and Trinity Western University
 
• Farmland Conservation, Washington Ag in the Classroom
 
The students rotated through the stations in a visit to the Expo Building lasting about two hours, Ter Wisscha said.