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Pumpkin patch, corn maze & more at farm
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Alissa Albert holds a prize pumpkin from the school district’s student farm located behind the district offices at Louise Avenue and Airport Way. Other students making up the team of young farmers are back with their tractor – Travis Goldman at the wheel – in the middle of their pumpkin patch that they will open to the young children of the community this coming Friday and Saturday and continuing throughout the remainder of October. - photo by GLENN KAHL


• WHAT: Manteca Unified school farm pumpkin patch and corn maze
• WHERE: School farm behind district office on northwest corner of Louise Avenue and Airport  Way
• WHEN:  Fridays at 1:30 p.m. until dusk, Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Teen farmers at the Manteca Unified School District farm are inviting children to visit their pumpkin patch and corn maze beginning this Friday and Saturday.

Ag instructor Ryan Costa – coordinator of the MUSD Student Farm Projects – said the farm is scheduled to be open every Friday and Saturday throughout October.  The farm opens first on Oct. 1 at 1:30 p.m. and will continue until dusk.  Saturday’s hours are from 9 a.m. until 5 in the evening.

Children two years old and younger are free and those three years old and up will be asked for a $3 donation to help support the school’s ag effort that will include a corn maze, a pumpkin patch, face painting, picture props, a petting zoo and arts and crafts.

Parents are instructed to enter the school district parking lot off of Airport Way to reach the farm activities.

The ag students running the October event are all members of the “Veggie Express,” student based produce business that took the month off to hold the Halloween pumpkin patch and corn maze.  After raising their row crops all summer they are going to be back in business in November again selling their produce to the community.

Students making up the farm team include Terence Harvey, Tayler Kelley, Alissa Albert, Victor Acosta, Marnea Williams, Lorraine Herdt, Kelsie Volk, Michael Gaff, Travis Goldman and Ashley Owensby.