Why Ag Education Matters
by Loree Dowse | February 2016
Yesterday, Monterey County Agricultural Education hosted Farm Day in Salinas. It is one of three annual Farm Day events here that invites approximately 6,500 3rd graders from local schools to a hands-on experience, free of cost to schools and districts.
The half-day event provides basic, current facts about the ag industry in our county, gives students and teachers the opportunity to become familiar with food production, and makes the important, personal contact with farming that has been lost through increased urbanization. Some of these students have never seen a cow before!
Mann’s has gladly supported Farm Day for many years by sending a team of volunteers to the Salinas event. It is something we look forward to every year.
From school-wide projects such as edible gardens, to county-wide projects like Farm Day, to nationwide awareness programs like the vegetable garden at the White House, it is so important to teach our children about how our food is made. When kids have a chance to understand where their food comes from, they will start to ask for snacks of carrots and snap peas – a choice we can all feel good about.