Come this time of year, third-grade students from throughout south San Joaquin County flock to the Manteca Unified School Farm.
An estimated 3,500 from Banta, Jefferson, New Jerusalem, Tracy Unified, Escalon Unified, Ripon Unified and Manteca Unified school districts will be attending Ag Venture – one of three San Joaquin County Youth Education Program held each year throughout the area – on Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The school farm is located behind the MUSD district office at 2271 W. Louise Ave.
Ag Venture is a partnership of SJC, San Joaquin Farm Bureau, California Women of Agriculture, UC Cooperative Extension, US Department of Agriculture, SJC Office of Education and the local schools.
Students participating also learn via interaction sessions with those who know about health food choices, diets, and lifestyle. They’re able to ask questions from local farmers, ranchers and others in the ag community.
The primary goals for Ag Venture are educating students on the variety and health benefits of locally-produced farm products not to mention giving students a greater understanding and appreciation of local agriculture.
Ag Venture, in addition, will be held in Stockton (SJC Fairgrounds) on Jan. 15 and Lodi (Lodi Grape Festival) on Feb. 27.
For more information, e-mail Ag Venture Coordinator Krista McCoon at firstname.lastname@example.org.