Programs

Agri-Culture

Focus Agriculture - Focus Agriculture is Agri-Culture's "first-in-the-nation" educational program. It is an opportunity for community leaders to participate in a nine-session intensive program acquiring knowledge about a broad spectrum of agriculture. Learn More

FarmWorker Housing Fund: This fund provides loans for the construction of farm labor housing. Since its inception, loans have exceeded $700,000: helping make 185 new units available to farm laborers and their families in Santa Cruz County and the Pajaro Valley.

Land Conservation - Agri-Culture's land conservation program intends to preserve agricultural land for future use, and protect those properties from urban development. Learn More

Sand Hill Bluff Conservation Easement Monitoring Fund: This fund provides financial support to Agri-Culture to monitor the conservation easement held by the organization on Sand Hill Bluff.

Dottie Tyler Fund for Agrarian Oral History: This fund was established in memory of Dottie Tyler with a gift of $25,000 from her daughter, Lynn Sanderson. The purpose of the fund is to provide financial support to record, via film or similar medium, subjects of interest to the history of agriculture and important issues connected to Santa Cruz County agriculture.

T.H.A.N.K.S. Agricultural Education Fund: The nonprofit T.H.A.N.K.S., which stands for Together Helping Americans Nationwide Keep Strong, transferred its assets to  Agri-Culture in May 2013 for the purpose of starting the “T.H.A.N.K.S. Agricultural Education Fund”. Its purpose is to provide financial support to Agri-Culture for educational programs administered by the organization.

Ron & Dottie Tyler Fund for Restored Agrarian Equipment Maintenance: This fund was established with a $25,000 gift from Lynn Sanderson in memory of Ron & Dottie Tyler. The fund provides financial support for the on-going maintenance of restored agrarian equipment such as, but not limited to, tractors, carriages, machinery and implements. The equipment must be connected with agriculture in Santa Cruz County and Pajaro Valley.

Jimmie Cox Memorial Scholarship: This scholarship is for entry-level and current college student majoring in agriculture and has grown to a $4,000 annual award. The student must live in either Santa Cruz County or within the boundaries of the Pajaro Valley Unified School District or be a member of the Santa Cruz County Farm Bureau. The scholarship has awarded thousands of dollars to college students since its inception. Learn More

Jeannie Witmer Memorial Scholarship: This $1,000 scholarship was established in 2009. The recipient must be active in District 4 of the California High School Rodeo  Association, the California 4-H Horse Program or an equine program in college.
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State Fair Booth: Agri-Culture takes the lead each year to showcase our county at the California State Fair.  Over 800,000 visitors see the booth each year

Both scholarship applications are available through Agri-Culture, 141 Monte Vista Avenue, Watsonville, CA 95076. The phone number is (831) 722-6622, or you may
visit our website at www.agri-culture.us Educating the public about agriculture is important. These funds help ensure agriculture will remain a viable industry in Santa Cruz County and the Pajaro Valley. Agri- Culture wishes to thank those who have contributed. We hope many of you will include these important funds in your annual giving. Donating is easy, either online or mailing a check and designating the fund of your choice. All of our funds are housed at Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County.