This Sauvie Island Farm Is Promoting Gender Equality With A Massive Corn Maze

By Lizzy Acker oregonlive.com

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Check out this "AMAZING" corn maze honoring women who have inspired and continue to inspire from the ground and up above.

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Bella Organic Farm on Sauvie Island is making a big statement with the farm’s annual corn maze.

From above, the 7-acre maze with about 2.7 miles of pathways, reads “EQUALITY” and “THE TIME IS NOW.”

It also features Rosie the Riveter and the outline of the United States.

“This is the year of woman,” Sofia Kondilis, a spokesperson for the farm, wrote in an email Wednesday about why the farm picked this message. “The year so many of us are taking a stand.”

“We especially dedicated it to the U.S. National Women’s Soccer Team’s FIFA World Cup win because everyone knows we are huge sports fans (as our mazes are usually sports-themed),” she added. “They heavily inspired us and their confidence and charisma in making a push towards gender equality, and equal pay/equal representation in the workplace made us know more than ever that this is the time!”

But it isn’t just the soccer team that inspired the maze, Kondilis said.

“The record numbers of women that won seats in the Senate started the movement and truly inspired us, as well!” she added.

“Nike and other brands are finally making a huge shift to acknowledge women as well!”

“We believe the time is now for women to lead us to equality in our country,” Kondilis said. “This country needs us all to work together to make it happen!”

This isn’t the first time Bella Organic has made an extravagant maze. In 2017, the farm honored Damian Lilliard with its maze.

Bella Organic has also featured Jerome Kersey and the Timbers in previous designs.

To make the maze, Kondilis said, the farm picks the theme, designs the image and then works it into a maze. Then, she said, they “use GPS coordinates and a smart tractor that actually plants the corn maze into the design.”

The equality maze is open Tuesday through Sunday until Sept. 22. Starting Sept. 23, it will be open daily until Halloween.

A trip through the maze, which typically takes about an hour according to the Bella Organic Farm website, costs $8 for adults and $6 for kids 6 to 12, military members (with ID) and seniors over 65. It’s free for anyone 5 and under.

Find out specific hours and how to get to the farm at bellaorganic.com/pumpkin-patch. ___ Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

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