Category Archives: Agricultural Education

3rd annual Latino Farmer Conference to be hosted November 7 in Palm Desert

The third annual Growing Together Latino Farmer Conference will be held Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in Palm Desert, California. This annual conference brings together the Latino farming community, industry representatives, and advocates for sustainability and agribusinesses for a day of … Continue reading

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California Ag education career began by selling Ag newspaper subscriptions – from Capital Press

By Judy L. Bedell SACRAMENTO ­— Austin Miller says that “connecting students to agriculture is more important now than ever before.” Growing up in tiny Scio, Ore., he has fond memories of spending summers on his grandparents’ ranch. He also … Continue reading

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Farm-to-School: getting nutritious food to the students who need it most

The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA) Office of Farm to Fork was created with a mandate to increase access to healthier, California grown foods by supporting sales to school programs. The office has focused considerable effort on the Farm … Continue reading

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Farmworker literacy program and graduates lauded at Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation luncheon – from the Napa Valley Register

By Henry Lutz A decade ago, Silvia Ortiz was unemployed and desperate for work. But with scant grasp of English and unable to speak it, she remembers having to ask her then 6-year-old son: “How can I tell the winemaker … Continue reading

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USDA Announces Farm to School Grant Awards – California among top recipients

Ten California programs receive funding to increase the availability of local foods in schools This week the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced projects selected to receive the USDA’s annual farm to school grants designed to increase the amount of local foods … Continue reading

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Farms + Data: Most California farms are family-run, and farmers are aging

Who’s on the California farm? From 1980 to today, California’s population has grown from 23.7 million to more than 39 million. That’s up 65 percent – and the vast majority of those folks are in urban and suburban areas. Our … Continue reading

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Photo highlights from #CalAgDay 2017

  Special thanks to Bob Laliberte and Robbie Chessey for their help with the photography this year.

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“California Thursdays” encourage school children to make healthier choices

  Members of the Lodi Unified School District’s nutrition services team at Delta Sierra Middle School in Stockton This month the Planting Seeds blog is featuring stories on food security, nutrition, and efforts to reduce food waste. CDFA’s Office of … Continue reading

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Give the gift of agricultural education with a CalAgPlate!

The CalAgPlate is a great gift for your family and friends. Nothing says “California Agriculture” better than a stylish license plate that supports agricultural educational and leadership within our great state! In April 2013, the first CalAgPlates were issued by … Continue reading

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Meet Kristen and Hannah. At CDFA, we think of them as the future of our agricultural community.

Internship/mentoring program brings in ag students for summer study in public service The average age of the California farmer is about 60 – and it’s rising. Here at the California Department of Food and Agriculture, and on California farms, and … Continue reading

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