Submitted by Sharron Zoller, CWA Northern District Director from Compass Issue 2 May 2019
While I drove through urban Sacramento to rural Clarksburg for the “Learn About Ag” event, the landscape’s palette quickly softened to somber earth tones, verdant green levees and outstretched vineyards. The setting sun shot a little golden glow through a grey, cloud-filled sky.
It was the perfect pastoral setting for the educational agriculture program to come. The “Learn About Ag” event was held in a converted barn at the Silt Winery where wine and delicious hors d’oeuvres were plentiful.
The 2019 National Ag Week celebration honored Educator of the year Chris Lavagnino, from Ronald Reagan Elementary School in Madera County; Matthew Dunn, 8th grade state winning author of RANDY THE REDWOOD from Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School, Stanislaus County; and California Women for Agriculture with the California Ag Literacy Award.
While we adult award winners were gracious and camera friendly, the evening’s show stealer, most deservedly, was Matthew Dunn who read aloud his RANDY THE REDWOOD story. Not only did his story line flow smoothly and Randy’s character was well drawn, Matthew read it with the clarity of heart that only the author could. The audience was spell-bound. RANDY THE REDWOOD story was plucked out from the collection of 8 stories in the 2019 year’s edition of IMAGINE THIS. These agriculture inspired stories were selected from 3rd through 8th grade student entries, and brought to life through illustrations by students in Northern California high school art programs. A fabulous book!
CWA was honored to be selected as this year’s California Ag Literacy award recipient, as we continue to support “Learn About Ag” with its excellent curriculum, teacher training and recognition. Our kudos to Judy Culbertson-Executive Director for the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom, her staff, board and sponsors who create a program of quality agriculture educational experiences for the students of California.