As of Aug. 24, 2017, 33 corn mazes in 19 states have joined together to plant more than 7 million seeds of gratitude for the hard work of America’s farmers.
The mazes are part of Culver's Thank You Farmers initiative, which the restaurant chain created in 2013. Since then, Culver's has sought 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 has raised over $1 million in support of agricultural education programs.