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Focus Agriculture Class XXVI, 2015

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. The once-a-month day-long seminars, including farm tours and hands-on experience, cover such topics as:

  • Production and labor
  • Ethnic groups in agriculture
  • Government relations and politics
  • Regional diversity of commodities produced
  • Environment and technology
  • Marketing and foreign competition
  • Farm tours and hands-on experience


Agri-Culture will grant each class member $1,500 toward the tuition expense. The class member will pay the remaining $500. One hundred dollars will be refunded if the participant has achieved 100% attendance for all sessions.

Twenty-one graduates for Class XXVI.

Robin Boyle - Director of Marketing and Sales, California Certified Organic Farmers
Shannon Brady - Philanthropy Director, Palo Alto Medical Foundation/Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center
Jimmy Dutra - Councilmember, City of Watsonville
Marcus FrostDirector of Development and Communications, Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History
Rebecca Garcia - Councilmember, City of Watsonville
Javier GomezRepresentative, State Assemblymember Luis Alejo
Celeste GutierrezProject Specialist, Santa Cruz County Office of Education
Eileen HillAssociate Director, Cabrillo College Foundation
Sarah HulickCommunications and Extension Specialist, Driscoll Strawberry Associates
Meg JanesTax Manager, Plantronics, Inc.
April Jernberg - Soil Conservationist, United States Department of Agriculture
Maritza Pozzi-LoyolaPrivate Event Director, Seascape Golf Club
Jacob Martinez - Executive Director, Digital NEST
Sheila McDanielLand Use Planner, Santa Cruz County Planning Dept.
Rachel MontoyaController, Sambrailo Packaging
Josh MorganManager, Café Cruz
Jimmy Panetta - Prosecutor, Monterey County District Attorney’s Office
Brian Spector - Principal, Spector Corbett Architects, Inc
Jon Sisk - SVP- Director of Real Estate/Construction, Santa Cruz County Bank
Tom TakanoEducator
Alec WassonPresident, Idea Farming, Inc.

Click here for the PDF version of the application.

Click here to fill out the application online for Class XXVII