The Fall 2019 semester at SRJC kicked off on August 19th with a lot of activity in the SRJC Agriculture and Natural Resources Department and at Shone Farm.
• Most agriculture courses are full, with several maintaining a waitlist of students. Animal Science 20, Basic Animal Science, has the highest enrollment of any single ag class at 45 students and is taught 100% online.
• The Wine Studies Program has added new tank capacity at Shone Farm Winery to enable students to gain additional technical skills in commercial wine production.
• The SRJC Foundation Ag Trust has begun preliminary planning for the Agstravaganza fundraiser on May 16, 2020. The theme of the 2020 Agstravaganza will be the 50th anniversary of the SRJC Agriculture and Natural Resources Department. The Agstravaganza will also honor Pat Emery, a longtime attorney in Santa Rosa and member of the Sonoma County Fair Board of Directors.
• The recruitment process to replace retired Farm Manager Leonard Diggs is underway.
• Measure H Bond projects at Shone Farm and starting to pick up the pace: they include the addition of 3 new large classrooms in order to increase the instructional capacity at Shone Farm; renovation of the Porter Animal Science Center; and construction of a new post-harvest produce facility.
• Construction and permitting for a large on-farm static aerated pile compost system at Shone Farm, capable of producing 600-700 cubic yards of compost per year.
• Launch of a new scholarship program in partnership with the Wild Goat Foundation to provide scholarships and mentorship to 3 women studying Agriculture at SRJC.
Thanks to the work of our excellent faculty and staff, and the generous support of the Sonoma County Agriculture Community, SRJC Ag/NR Department provides high-quality education and training to over 1800 students and awards 100 degrees and certificates every year. We look forward to celebrating our 50th anniversary and planning the future for the next 50 years.