“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.