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Sallas Mahone Student Wins "My Farm & Working Forest" Art Contest

Students were recognized and rewarded for their original artwork illustrating their field trip educational experiences at Raisin’ Cane, a produce market and agri-tourism business located in Lowndes County, Georgia.

Raisin’ Cane hosted the contest for student field trips sponsored by the Harley Langdale, Jr. Foundation.  The goal of Raisin’ Cane is for all who visit to “experience agriculture” by touring a real working farm to enjoy hands-on learning about the journey food takes as it transforms from seed to kitchen table. Visitors also discover how tree farms contribute many common consumer items that play a vital part in creating jobs, improving health and benefitting everyday life.

The “My Farm and Working Forest” Artwork Contest is designed to allow Pre-K – 5th Grade students the opportunity to illustrate the value of our farms and working forests in Georgia and Florida through their artwork.  The winner’s artwork will be displayed throughout our community.  Each winning entry is awarded a prize, which includes a $250 award to each winning student, a $1,000 award to each teacher of a winning student and an opportunity to attend the Annual GA Teacher Conservation Workshop.

The 1st grade winner was student Taylor Brinkley at Sallas Mahone Elementary and her teacher is Marian Lyons.  Taylor’s description of her drawing: “People were looking at the horses at Raisin’ Cane. Kids were petting the horse.  The horse was eating hay.  It was fun to look at the horses.”

Sarah Cook, special projects coordinator with Georgia Center of Innovation for Agribusiness, Stephen Spradley, chief ranger with Lowndes County and Jessica Bolesta of Raisin’ CaneSallas Mahone Elementary School ceremony to present the awards.

More information about the Raisin’ Cane My Farm and Working Forest Artwork Contest can be found at their website and Facebook page. Working forest information is available at