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Shasta School brings farm to the students

George Cabral displays how folks from the Old West cooked and washed clothes.


POSTED April 13, 2010 2:34 a.m.
Is watermelon a fruit or vegetable?

Chances are good that students at Shasta School will know the right answer.

On Friday, youngsters from the various grade levels took part in the annual Farm Day. Included were regulars such as George Cabral and his chuck wagon and Leonard Passalacqua and his draft horses.

“It’s always great to have Leonard and George here,” said Rosemary Craighead.

For the past 12 years, she and Debbie Wilson have coordinated Farm Day at Shasta. Both are thankful for members of the school’s Community Club.

“They believe and support our (Farm Day) efforts,” Craighead said.

 The Shasta function included a petting zoo, llamas, a long-horn steer, and numerous exhibits located inside the classrooms.

Students, for example, learned about making bread, churning butter, crafting bracelets, farm safety, irrigation, bats, bees, walnuts, dairy, gardening, planting, and “Foods of the Valley” tasting.

They also received information on Indian life, cattle women, and the Stanislaus County wild life.

The latest attraction was George Perry and Sons.

The locally owned and operated farm is one of the largest shippers and handlers of seedless and regular watermelons, pumpkins, and hard shell squash in California.

“Watermelon is both a vegetable and fruit,” said Marlene Champlin of Perry and Sons. “It’s also an antioxidant.”

Students also enjoyed gobbling up the locally grown product while learning how to select a good watermelon.

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