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 Frost - Director of Development and Communications, Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History
Rebecca Garcia - Councilmember, City of Watsonville
Javier Gomez - Representative, State Assemblymember Luis Alejo
Celeste Gutierrez - Project Specialist, Santa Cruz County Office of Education
Eileen Hill - Associate Director, Cabrillo College Foundation
Sarah Hulick - Communications and Extension Specialist, Driscoll Strawberry Associates
Meg Janes - Tax Manager, Plantronics, Inc.
April Jernberg - Soil Conservationist, United States Department of Agriculture
Maritza Pozzi-Loyola - Private Event Director, Seascape Golf Club
Jacob Martinez - Executive Director, Digital NEST
Sheila McDaniel - Land Use Planner, Santa Cruz County Planning Dept.
Rachel Montoya - Controller, Sambrailo Packaging
Josh Morgan - Manager, 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 Takano - Educator
Alec Wasson - President, Idea Farming, Inc.