Before we started to plan the 2017 corn maze, we were contacted by the UW-Madison Geology Museum folks, RIch Slaughter and Brooke Norsted. They suggested doing a trilobite corn maze–and they were pretty persuasive. We talked a lot about making a trilobite the main image in the maze, and having a sort of geology-ish theme, and then having a lot of fun education and engagement opportunities. I was basically sold when they showed me their trilobite temporary tattoos. So, we were committed to doing a trilobite very early on in the design process.
What kind of business would want to hire more than twenty 14- to 16-year-olds all at once, with no job experience, and continue to do this EVERY year?
The Treinen Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch here in Lodi does just that. I have worked at Treinen’s for more than five years (and I am well over 16 years old!!!).
Last year, when the truly dedicated maze nerds came out of the grapes (as in, the first part of the Fox and the Grapes maze) we heard lots of raving about how hard and awesome they were. We started saying “maybe we’ll make a maze that’s just all kinds of circles.” Well, guess what–we did, and here’s how you do it.
Check out the article featuring our maze on the website Smithsonian.com — I’m super proud of this mention on the Smithsonian site, as the Smithsonian Institute is one of my favorite things. This is an article written by Andrew Amelinckx, originally published at Modern Farmer