By Theresa Woelk

Staff writer

The morning sun shone brightly over the field as the farm equipment moved methodically through the rows grinding up the earth and extracting the potatoes from the ground.

It looked like a normal fall day in the life of a potato farmer — except for the collection of small children clustered around the edge of the field waving at the workers.

The group of exuberant Rocky Heights second graders was not lost in Morrow County. They were simply continuing a school tradition which introduces students to various aspects of farm life. Second-grade teacher Francie Hansell began the tradition more than 10 years ago.

“The first thing the kids ask when they start second grade is when do they get to come to my house,” Hansell said. “They usually have older brothers or sisters who went in the past. We have so much fun.” (For the full story please read the Oct. 2, 2001 issue of the Hermiston Herald.)

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