Imperial Valley Celebrates First Annual “Read with a Farmer” Day
In celebration of “National Read a Book Day” on Thursday, September 6, volunteers from the local agriculture community in Imperial Valley participated in the first annual "Read with a Farmer" Day. Participants included representatives from the University of California's FARM SMART program, Imperial County Farm Bureau, Imperial Valley Vegetable Growers Association, and Imperial Valley Water.
Volunteers attended 14 classrooms in Imperial County to read the book, "Who Grew My Soup?" by Tom Darbyshire to more than 400 third graders. Sandy Ranson, a Credit Support Specialist at Farm Credit Services Southwest, participated as one of the volunteers. “It was great to see how excited and engaged the students were as I was reading the book to them. The kids had many questions about ag when I was done reading,” Sandy reflected.
The goal of this program is to connect young students with local farmers, ranchers and agriculture industry professionals. By visiting with these children in the classroom, students are provided with the opportunity to learn where their food comes from and understand how large of a role agriculture plays in their community. Programs such as Read with a Farmer teaches young students more than just where their food is grown, it opens the door to future career opportunities in agriculture to the next generation.