AGVOCATE

Consider becoming a PlacerGROWN AGvocate. This program is an opportunity to learn about the history of agriculture in Placer County and the economic contribution that agriculture makes to our county. Learn directly from farmers and ranchers about their businesses, and explore the diversity of products grown and raised in Placer County.

Be an AGvocate!   Next session begins August 7, 2013

PlacerGROWN’s Master AGvocate Program educates community members about Placer County agriculture through a series of classroom and on-farm workshops and visits. Participants will learn about the history of agriculture in Placer County and the economic contribution that agriculture makes. Learn directly from farmers and ranchers about their businesses, and explore the diversity of products grown and raised in Placer County.

Program areas will be offered primarily in small group discussions and/or on-farm sessions. Sessions will be held approximately every 2-3 weeks, alternating between evenings and weekends. Program will run from August 7, 2013 ending in mid-November 2013.

Graduates will receive a Certificate of Completion from PlacerGROWN and make themselves available to volunteer at PlacerGROWN and other community events to help promote the region’s local food system.

Some Program Areas Include:
● Introduction to Placer County Agriculture – Overview of agencies and organizations that support agriculture in Placer County.
● Tour the Farmers Market – Learn about certified farmers’ markets, and what’s involved in selling at a farmers market.
● Citrus Production‐ History of the Placer County Citrus Colony, tour of a mandarin orchard, and citrus production today.
● Vineyard & Wine Grape Production – Visit to a commercial winery, vineyard tour, history of winemaking in the Sierra Foothills and wine grape production today
● Livestock Production – visit to livestock ranch, livestock production, and other outlets for local meat and egg.
● Produce , CSA & Fruit Orchards – Learn about raising fruit & vegetables and outlets for sale including Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), direct sales, wholesale options.
● The Placer County Food Shed Challenge – Typically, local residents source only 1‐2% of their food locally. Gather to discuss our overall experiences and how Master AGvocates can advocate for our local agriculture.

There is no cost for this program.
Interested in participating? Please e-mail masteragvocate@gmail.com

For more information on the PlacerGROWN AGvocate program, please contact Carol Arnold at 530-863-7487 or carol@placergrown.org.