Tomorrow’s Leaders Today Agriculture Day

Written By: Catrina Dierke, Director of Tomorrow's Leaders Today
Published: November 4, 2019

Tomorrow’s Leaders Today partnered with Sonoma County Farm Bureau to support the organization’s agriculture program. Nearly 100 juniors from high schools from Sonoma County participated in Agriculture Day. Through connections with local farms and businesses in Sonoma County, the Sonoma County Farm Bureau introduced Tomorrow’s Leaders Today students to the diversity of local agriculture.

“We are proud to continue our partnership with Tomorrow’s Leaders Today,” said Sonoma County Farm Bureau executive director Tawny Tesconi. “During Agriculture Day students learn from our farmers about crops, livestock and land sustainability and hopefully gain an appreciation for our county’s diverse and hardworking farmers and ranchers.”

This year, youth leaders loaded a bus at Sonoma County Farm Bureau and toured DeBernardi’s Dairy, Neve Brothers Wholesale Flowers, the Great Peter Pumpkin Patch and Dutton Ranch Corporation where students learned about sustainable farming practices, multi-generational business operations, career pathways and the significant impact the agriculture industry has in Sonoma County.

The best part of the day was the hand-on experiences, and here are some highlights:

Students held baby goats and tasted certified cheese at DeBernardi’s Dairy, walked inside a 250,000 square foot hothouse filled with roses at Neve Brothers Wholesale Flowers, picked pumpkins, milked a cow and ate organic ice cream at the Great Peter Pumpkin Patch.

At the end of the day, folks from American AgCredit introduced students to careers in the agriculture financial services industry and facilitated a collaborative team-building activity.

“Agriculture Day with the Sonoma County Farm Bureau introduces our youth leaders beyond life on a farm or ranch,” said Jennifer Weiss, Chief Executive Officer of Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma-Marin. “Agriculture is a significant economic driver in Sonoma County and our students gained a deeper understanding of some of the factors, including policy, marketing, sustainability, and technology that shape the industry.”

It was another fun-filled day of hands-on learning!

“Ag Day reminded me of how important agriculture is in Sonoma County. It’s easy to forget how incredibly huge of an impact agriculture has on the economy in our community,” said Tomorrow’s Leaders Today student Bailey Cunha-Bustamante.

About Tomorrow’s Leaders Today

A program of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma-Marin, Tomorrow’s Leaders Today is a community education and leadership skills training program for students entering their junior year in high school throughout Sonoma County, California. Emphasizing hands-on learning, critical thinking, and communication, Tomorrow’s Leaders Today students get an inside look at their community and its issues, meet decision-makers, solve problems and discover how Sonoma County works. For more information about Tomorrow’s Leaders Today, visit tomorrowsleaderstoday.org.

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