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SEEAG Celebrates 10th Year Anniversary
Through this program, over 20,000 elementary school students in Southern California have increased their understanding of the food journey.
Mary Maranville is the founder and CEO of SEEAG. "We knew there was a need for this type of education in our schools, but we didn't realize how it would be so wonderfully embraced by teachers and students," says Maranville.
The nonprofit organization created "Farm Lab" at Petty Ranch. Schoolchildren come to the farm, which grows avocados, lemons and figs, so they can learn firsthand about the importance of local farming. Part of the curriculum also involves agricultural education in the classroom. Through this program, over 20,000 elementary school students in Southern California have increased their understanding of the food journey.
Attendees at the 10-year anniversary gathering included John Krist, CEO of Ventura County Farm Bureau, Steve Gill, CEO and president of Gill's Onions, Courtney Catalano, director of communications & community engagement at Reiter Affiliated Companies, Brett Burkey, vice-president of the Wood-Claeyssens Foundation and Chris Sayer, manager of Petty Ranch.
SEEAG also hosts Ventura County Farm Day taking place this year on Saturday, November 3. It is a day when the public is invited to visit farms throughout Ventura County. For more about SEEAG, its programs and events, go to www.seeag.org.