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The buzz at Great Valley: Agriculture
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Levi Burden of Calla 4H Club spends time with his pet pygmy goat, Joey. - photo by VINCE REMBULAT / The Bulletin

There were plenty of busy bees at Thursday’s Ag Day at Great Valley Elementary School.
Just ask Jeannie Pacheco, who for the past 14 years led organizing of the annual event consisting of multiple presenters from different aspects of agriculture community.
This year’s theme was “Bee the Change.”
George Dale from nearby Honeydale Beekeeping was on hand to educate and dispel some of the myths surrounding bees.
Contrary to popular belief, he noted that there’s no evidence that Albert Einstein said: “If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years of life left.”
He told a group of middle school students that native bees are the endangered species rather than the honeybee, in which he deals with in his Stockton business.
The honeybees, who continue to thrive in numbers, do the majority of cross-pollinating in the farm industry. Each native bee, by contrast, is specific to one plant during pollination.
“One-third of your food is directly related to bees – so we wouldn’t die (if bees disappeared off the earth),” Dale said.
He added. “Bees are important to farmers and food production.”
Ag Day was once again a flurry of activities for youngsters of all ages, from the nearby preschool to kindergarten-through-eighth-grade students.
“(Ag Day) is a big thing here,” said Connie Thompson, who is president of the Great Valley’s PTC.
This year, the group chipped in $1,500 to the event.
“Donors are what make this day possible,” said Pacheco, who also recognized Horace Mann Insurance agent Steve Fisher, online sources – www.donorschoose.org / #bestschoolday – and several other local businesses.
Luke and Levi Burden of the Calla 4H were among the newcomers to the event. They brought along their pet pygmy goat named Joey.
“I think he thinks he’s a dog,” Luke Burden said.
Among the commonly asked question about 3-year-old Joey, according to Burden, was his diminutive size. “Will he get any bigger,” he said.
Future Farmers of America chapters Lathrop and Weston Ranch were also involved. Weston Ranch students, for example, interacted with youngsters by making ice cream.
The Ag Day, in addition, featured Uncle Jer’s Bee Show, Natalie the Cow, California Waterfowl, Department of Fish & Game, Ducks Unlimited, H20 Olympics, Seed into Feed, and Master Gardeners, to name a few.