Local third-graders learn about agriculture during South County Farm Day at the Salinas Valley Fairgrounds in King City on Jan. 26. (Jon Allred/Staff)

KING CITY — Hundreds of third-graders recently roamed the Salinas Valley Fairgrounds in King City to learn about agriculture during the annual South County Farm Day.

Students from Gonzales, Soledad, Greenfield and King City schools attended the free educational enrichment program on Jan. 26, taught by members of the local agricultural industry.

Presented by the nonprofit Monterey County Agricultural Education and managed by Candi DePauw, the Farm Day events give an opportunity for youth to become familiar with food production and farming.

Among this year’s presenters was the Monterey County Sheriff’s Mounted Unit, which taught the elementary students about trail safety. They also learned a little about horses and earned Mounted Unit stickers for correctly answering questions.

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Ryan Cronk is the managing editor for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers general news for South Monterey County and the surrounding communities.


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