The San Joaquin Farm Bureau was among 24 county Farm Bureaus nationwide that are being recognized by the American Farm bureau Federation for innovative program ideas in this year's County Activities of Excellence Awards program.
The winners are being highlighted this week during AFBF's 95th Annual Convention in San Antonio.
SJFB was awarded the honor for its AgVenture Farmers' Market Program, which is an expansion of the popular AgVenture educational program. It teaches San Joaquin County fourth-grade students about specialty ag commodities and allows them to taste test locally grown specialty crops.= - many ofr the first time!
Students learn about the growing, processing and history of several specialty crops such as tomatoes, cucumbers, peaches, almonds and walnuts. The crops are seasonal and wil change for the spring program.
Following the educational segments, an on-site farmers' maarket is held that is open to the school.