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Peachy time during ag day at Great Valley

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Peachy time during ag day at Great Valley

Manteca Unified Superintendent Jason Messer helped with the Sermana Project featuring poultry from the school farm at Friday’s Agricultural Education Day at Great Valley School.


POSTED May 6, 2013 12:47 a.m.

WESTON RANCH – Students at Great Valley School had a “peachy” time at the 11th annual Agriculture Education Day.

Peaches, in fact, were the theme of this year’s event featuring presenters from the surrounding counties and representing different aspects of the agriculture community.

Del Monte donated the peaches that were offered up to pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade students.

“They had a chance to taste peach jam, peach smoothies, peach milkshakes, plant a flower and make butter,” said organizer Jeannie Pacheco, who added that many of the presentations were hands-on for all grade levels.

Fili Pitts, Irma Cervantes, Teresito Castro and Sina Faasala helped churn the butter to go along with peach jam on cracker snack.

“It took us about 10 minutes to make the butter,” Pitts said.

Even Superintendent Jason Messer got into the mix. He helped out as a presenter with the Sermana Project consisting of live poultry from the school farm.

Messer said the goal of Sermana is to help prepare students for the upcoming San Joaquin County Fair.

Pacheco, meanwhile, noted that this year’s Agriculture Day event was made possible by donation from the school’s PTC as well as local businesses.

She also recognized Crystal Dairy, Dell’ Osso Farms, Simplot, Master Gardeners, and Coca Cola. The latter donated bottled water for those in attendance.

Pacheco was helped out by Melissa King in farm day organization.

As for students, many enjoyed getting close-up looks at the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Department’s crime bus and ATVs.

Teachers did their part by making a salad or dessert for the farm day luncheon.

Each class put together gift baskets.

The Leadership students made peach bracelets and signs, and sold hair bows as their farm day fundraisers.

Pacheco, who been involved in every single farm day at the school, and King started the farm day process several months ago.

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