Each year, thousands of third graders from Monterey County elementary schools are treated to a memorable field trip run entirely by volunteers. At no cost to the schools or districts, the Monterey County Agriculture Education, Inc., coordinates The Farm Day Experience for local third grade students. During each school year, every third grade class in Monterey County is invited to attend one of three Farm Day Experience events, reaching approximately 6,500 students annually.
Team Taylor was at the Salinas based event, where they volunteered as “Farm Day Guides,” and had a chance to interact with the enthusiastic and interested children. During their half day visit, these third grade students were taught about farming practices, healthy eating, sustainability, and farm animal caretaking through a series of interactive booths and hands on stations.
“This event did such a great job at showcasing the variety of industries that make up the heart of the Salinas Valley,” said Tracy Lenz, Taylor Farms sales representative. “I think it’s important for Taylor Farms to be to be a part of events like this not only to give back to our community, but to also get the chance to educate kids at such a young age about how our town provides most of the country with their fresh produce.”
Taylor Farms is very proud to take part in this program that, in the first twenty years, has reached approximately 130,000 third graders, 26,000 parents (as chaperones), and hundreds of third grade teachers in Monterey County. We’re happy to come together with others in the agricultural industry to provide this educational enrichment program.