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The City of Parlier’s Earth Day celebration on March 30th attracted about 2000 attendees. Events included a tree planting, Easter egg hunt, family walk, folk dancing, zumba dancing, free raffles for prizes, games for youth, and face painting. Representatives from many local service organizations had booths that provided families with free items ranging from food to dental screening. KARE’s booth provided 1000 strawberry crowns and 2500 leaf lettuce transplants to the public. Youth from the local Leo club helped with handing out the plants and discussing the benefits of eating fruits and vegetables.
Youth from Parlier's Leo club helping set up KARE's booth at Parlier Earth Day.
Families attending Parlier Earth Day collecting leaf lettuce transplants, strawberry crowns and information on healthy food choices at the KARE booth.
UC helps the Fresno Farm and Nutrition Day increase student awareness of healthful food and where it comes from.
More than 1,600 third-graders and 330 teachers and chaperones from 24 Fresno County schools attended Farm and Nutrition Day March 22 at the Big Fresno Fairgrounds. Attendees had the opportunity to tour 50 stations with educational handouts, experiential workshops, presentations and demonstrations. Fresno County Farm Bureau organized the event with the assistance of several presenter groups, sponsors and volunteers, including two UC Agriculture and Natural Resources units.
KARE provided short presentations on what it takes to be a healthy plant and what it takes to be a healthy person, followed immediately by workshops where the students planted leaf lettuce transplants to take home and enjoy. This workshop was made possible with donations and volunteers. Valley Soil & Forest Products donated soil, The Plant People donated pots, and Greenheart Farms donated lettuce transplants. Ten volunteers helped ensure that all of the participants were able to pot up and take home leaf lettuce plants.
Fresno County UC Cooperative Extension provided nutritional presentations and demonstrations. Fresno’s community 4-H clubs brought farm animals to interact with the mostly urban students. Richard Molinar, UC Cooperative Extension advisor in Fresno County, small farm program, displayed Southeast Asian vegetables and discussed Southeast Asian culture with the students.
Students at the Fresno Farm and Nutrition Day discussing what it takes to be a healthy plant and what it takes to be a healthy person.
Students potting up leaf lettuce transplants to take home and grow.
Richard Molinar displaying Southeast Asian vegetables and discussing Southeast Asian culture with students attending the Fresno Farm and Nutrition Day (photo by Fresno Farm Bureau).