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General Agency Information
141 Monte Vista Ave.
Watsonville, CA 95076
|Days/Hours of Operation:||
Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-noon
Monday-Friday, 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
|Description:||Most of the country’s population now lives in urban areas, yet it makes political decisions concerning land and agriculture. Farmers constantly make environmental decisions and try to understand urban thinking. It therefore seemed appropriate to create an organization such as Agri-Culture to promote mutual understanding of a whole range or topics concerning agriculture.
The educational organization, Agri-Culture, provides opportunities for the community to learn about the #1 industry in Santa Cruz County and the Pajaro Valley plus the cutting-edge landscape for agriculture in Santa Clara County.
|Programs:||Focus Agriculture is Agri-Culture’s “first-in-the-nation” educational program. It is an opportunity for community leaders to participate in a nine-session intensive program acquiring knowledge about a broad spectrum of agriculture. The program has won a national award. Several communities throughout the United States have duplicated this program. The once-a-month day-long seminars, including farm tours and hands-on experience, cover such topics as:
Production and labor
Ethnic groups in agriculture
Government relations and politics
Regional diversity of commodities produced
Environment and technology
Marketing and foreign competition
Farm tours and hands-on experience
Land Conservation-Agri-Culture’s land conservation program intends to preserve agricultural land for future use, and protect those properties from urban development. With the increase in urban development, it has become evident that land must be set aside for agricultural purposes for the benefit of current and future generations. Agri-culture’s conservation program owns agricultural easements for properties owned by farmers to ensure their continued use for agriculture. Currently the organization holds a conservation easement for the Sandhill Bluff property on the North Coast off Santa Cruz.
Educational Opportunities & Ag Tours-Each year, Agri-Culture provides numerous local agricultural tours to people from all over the world. The organization also provides numerous educational opportunities for local students.
|Publications:||Branching Out, twice a year|
|Languages other than English:||None|
|Accommodations for Disabled:||Parking & Wheelchair Access|
|Public Transportation:||Available Within Four Blocks|
Santa Cruz County
Agricultural Support Services
|This agency was last updated on December 5, 2017|