Salinas Farm Day set; volunteers sought

01/18/2012 04:21:00 PM
Mike Hornick

File photoJosh Roberts, grower relations manager for Salinas, Calif.-based Fresh Express, and Shannon Lowell, operations coordinator, tell third-graders about the lettuce that goes into bagged salads Feb. 3, 2011 during Farm Day at Growers Street Cooling in Salinas.The annual Farm Day Experience for third-grade students returns to Salinas, Calif., on Feb. 9.

Nonprofit sponsor Monterey County Agricultural Education is seeking volunteer guides and presenters for the event, which draws nearly 3,000 students annually, coordinator Candi Depauw said.

A sign-up form for volunteers is online. The invitation-only event will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Growers Street Cooling in Salinas.

Farm Day offers children hands-on educational experiences about food origins with produce growers, salad processors, seed companies, nurseries and cattle ranchers.

“We have 110 or 111 classes coming, and each needs a volunteer guide,” Depauw said. “We will end up with close to 300 volunteers. The presenters know they’re needed, but we’re looking for guides.”

Monterey County Agricultural Education covers all Farm Day expenses, including buses and teacher training.

Event access and parking will be off Harkins Road. There will be no access to Growers Street Cooling from Abbott Street, one of the city’s busier roads.

Farm Day is set to proceed regardless of weather.



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