Students for Eco-Education and Agriculture turns 10
Source: Ventura County Star
Agriculture industry representatives gathered recently at Petty Ranch in Saticoy to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Students for Eco-Education and Agriculture.
SEEAG was formed in 2008 to help youths understand the origins of their food through free agricultural education and nutrition programming and field trips.
"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," SEEAG founder and CEO Mary Maranville said in a news release.
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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 and community engagement at Reiter Affiliated Companies; Brett Burkey, vice-president of the Wood-Claeyssens Foundation; and Chris Sayer, manager of Petty Ranch.
The nonprofit organization created the Farm Lab at the Petty Ranch, where schoolchildren come to learn firsthand about the importance of local farming, and offers agricultural education in the classroom. More than 20,000 elementary school students in Southern California have participated in the program.
SEEAG also hosts Ventura County Farm Day, which this year will be Nov. 3, when the public is invited to visit farms throughout Ventura County.