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Teaching educators about the diversity of agricultural jobs in the Pajaro Valley
Agri-Culture’s 18th Annual Progressive Dinner
“Celebrating 25 Years of Focus Agriculture” was a success!
The educational organization, Agri-Culture, held its 18th Annual Progressive Dinner on Saturday night (October 25th). The event raised over $35,000. The purpose of Agri-Culture is to educate the public about local agriculture in Santa Cruz County and the Pajaro Valley. This year’s theme was “Celebrating 25 Years of Focus Agriculture.” The event is limited to 100 guests, and each year it sells out early. Guests are transported (via buses) to three different locations not normally open to the public. The hors d’oeuvres were served at the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County – welcomed by Robin Larsen and hosted by Ralph and Kerri Miljanovich. Robin spoke about the connection between the ag community and the Community Foundation. Dinner was served at Kitayama Brothers – welcomed by Robert and Stuart Kitayama. The guests were provided a tour of the greenhouses growing Gerbera Daisies and gardenias. A wonderful dinner was prepared by Barbara & Company. During dinner, Robert and Stuart spoke about the history of Kitayama Brothers. The dessert location was Del Mar Food Products Corp. – welcomed by its President, PJ Mecozzi. PJ spoke about the history of Del Mar Food and their increased product lines. A tour of the operating spinach line was provided. Guests enjoyed caramel cheesecake and peaches provided by Del Mar Food. Later, guests were given a bag and a box of local produce to take home and enjoy.
The many guests included: Ted Burke, owner of Shadowbrook Restaurant; Mary Anne Carson of Santa Cruz County Bank; Dick and Marisela Peixoto, Lakeside Organic Gardens; Debbie Parsons, Best Western Seacliff Inn; Maria and David Vasquez of Watsonville; Stephany Aguilar, Councilmember, City of Scotts Valley and Progressive Dinner Chair; Steve Bontadelli, Agri-Culture President. Nita Gizdich sold the raffle tickets.
6th Annual Testicle Festival
Tony Colee Wins “It’s All in the Sauce” Contest -
Other Winners Announced
It was announced that Tony Colee of Redondo Beach won the “It’s All in the Sauce” contest at the 6th Annual Testicle Festival held in Watsonville on Saturday, September 20th. The contest invites attendees to prepare and bring their favorite dipping sauces for everyone to try out with the Rocky Mountain Oysters served as appetizers. Tony’s sauce was the favorite of the 16 sauces entered in the competition. Emily Youmans of Watsonville won the coveted “Best Sauce Name” section of the contest. Emily’s sauce was appropriately named “Ballapallooza.”
There was also a competitive horseshoe contest at the Testicle Festival. The winning team was comprised of Arnett Young and teammate Dan Legard.
All contest winners were presented with plaques memorializing their triumphant performances.The Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee of the Santa Cruz County Farm Bureau held its 6th Annual “Testicle Festival at Estrada Deer Camp in Watsonville. The Rocky Mountain Oysters were served as hors d’ oeuvres and the sauces were enjoyed and judged by the record-crowd attending. A full chicken barbeque was served for dinner, with s’mores, made around the campfire, for dessert. The event also included a raffle, live and silent auction.
If you haven’t tried a rocky mountain oyster, make sure to attend the 2015 event!
Down to Earth Women Luncheon
Down to Earth Women (DEW) Luncheon
2013 Testicle Festival
Gold-Medal Winning State Fair Booth
17th Annual Progressive Dinner - "Ocean, Outreach and...OMG!"