Since 2014, 21 Culver’s “Thank You Farmers” corn mazes have been grown in gratitude for the hard work of America’s farmers. This year, the restaurant chain has added 12 more mazes to the Thank You Farmers initiative as just one of the many ways Culver’s shows charitable support for the future of farming.
Why thank farmers? They’re responsible for growing the food that every single person depends on, yet their immense contributions are often overlooked. Since Culver’s created the Thank You Farmers program in 2013, the restaurant chain has looked for unique ways to spread positive messages about the hard work, dedication, and passion of the agricultural community, as well as ways to raise awareness about the importance of supporting agricultural education.
The idea for growing messages of thanks into corn mazes came in 2014 when Culver’s worked with a student agricultural group in Tracy, Minnesota, to bring the first Thank You Farmers corn maze to life. The restaurant chain has continued the fall maze tradition each year, working with corn mazes from Arizona to South Carolina to Michigan. Each maze design includes the Thank You Farmers message, as well as a variety of farm scene elements like cows and tractors. The 2017 Thank You Farmers mazes are listed here.
“Corn mazes are such a natural place for us to celebrate America’s farmers,” said Jessie Corning, Culver’s senior marketing manager. “A popular fall tradition among families, they’re a great way for us to spread the Thank You Farmers message to guests of all ages.”
The Thank You Farmers initiative spreads awareness for agriculture in visually compelling ways and has raised over $1 million in support of agricultural education programs such as the National FFA Organization and Foundation and local FFA chapters since 2013.