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Annual Down to Earth Women (DEW) Luncheon The 12th Annual Down to Earth Women (DEW) Luncheon will be held on Thursday, May 9, 2019 at Driscoll's Rancho Corralitos at 242 Corralitos Rd. from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This event is for women involved in, or supporting, agricul- ture in Santa Cruz County and the Pajaro Valley. The purpose of the luncheon is to raise funds for Agri-Cul- ture's Focus Agriculture program, the Jimmie Cox Memorial Scholarship fund and the Santa Cruz County Farm Bureau's educational programs. The featured speaker will be Ella King, Owner, Café Ella and Ella's at the Airport, who will speak on "Good Food is the Foundation of Genuine Happiness." Also speaking at the event will be Susan True, CEO, Communi- ty Foundation of Santa Cruz County and a graduate of the Focus Agriculture Pro- gram about her experience in the program. The Mistress of Ceremonies for the event will be Brittany Nielsen, Spring 2019 Central Coast AGRICULTURE A Special Advertising Supplement to Monterey Herald and Santa Cruz Sentinel Bill Ramsey presented with Growing Future Leaders Award The Silicon Valley Monterey Bay Council, Boy Scouts of America has selected Bill Ramsey as the 9th recipient of the annual Growing Future Leaders award. The award was presented at a west- ern-themed gala dinner in his honor on Saturday, April 13th at the Hyatt Regency in Monterey. Entertainment featured Ed Montana, country musician and humorist. The Silicon Valley Monterey Bay Council, Boy Scouts of America presents the Growing Future Leaders award annu- ally to a respected leader in the agricultural community to emphasize the importance of leadership and community engagement. Proceeds from the event support the efforts of local Scouting programs to prepare 13,000 young people to be the leaders of tomorrow by instilling in them values of character, citizen- ship and fitness. Mr. Ramsey was selected for the award in recognition of a long and dis- tinguished career in Salinas Valley agriculture as well as his involvement and impact with a number of local charitable causes. As a partner and owner of Mann Packing com- pany for more than 60 years, Bill was actively engaged in advancement of the local agriculture industry. He served on the boards of the Grower-Shipper Associa- tion, and Western Growers Association and was directly involved with state and national legislative committees addressing agricultural problems of the time, ef- fecting positive change for the future of the industry. As a tribute to his extensive involvement in the local community, the dinner featured three organizations in which Bill was actively involved: Rancho Cielo, National Steinbeck Center and the Grower-Shipper As- sociation. The Boy Scouts of America is the nation's foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. Scouting instills lifetime values and trains young people in citizenship, service, and leadership through responsible fun and adventure. Scouting serves all youth with a variety of programs from Kindergarten to age 20 through part- nerships with community organizations and business- es. For more information, visit: www. svmbc.org. News Anchor, KSBW Action News 8. Women are invited to attend this aernoon event. The ticket price is $100. To make a reser- vation, become a sponsor or make a donation to the event, call 831-722-6622 or email the office at agri-cul- ture@sbcglobal.net. Tickets can be purchased at www. eventbrite.com. Provided photos Local bank finances top crops Known in the market for its emphasis on Agricultural lending and supporting Ag- riculture, Santa Cruz County Bank provides financing for farmers who grow the top crops in our region including strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, artichokes, sprouts, apples, grapes, herbs and more. Fred Caiocca, EVP and Regional Credit Manager of Santa Cruz County Bank explains, "Before crops can be grown, farmers need access to land. We're able to provide financ- ing for farmers to acquire farmland, whether large or small in acreage, extending throughout the Central Coast. Our ability to extend credit and find the right fit for financing is augmented through a variety of lending programs we offer including Farmer Mac, a vari- ety of USDA programs such as Farm Service Agency (FSA), SBA and conventional lending. One of my great joys as a lender is helping new farmers acquire their first acreage to fulfill their dream of growing crops, and then getting a call from that same farmer to augment their land loan with crop financing as well." Santa Cruz County Bank was recognized at the Santa Cruz County Farm Bureau's Nation- al Agriculture Day Luncheon in 2018 for its support of Agriculture and providing farmers access to capital with the Al Smith "Friend of Agriculture" Award. Santa Cruz County Bank has supported Agricultur- al education through the Focus Agriculture program through donations and employee participation.To date, ten bank employees are graduates of the Focus Agriculture program. Spring 2019 Central Coast AGRICULTURE Provided photo of Fred Caiocca April 26, 2019 Spring Garden Tour in Salinas on May 18 Ten Salinas home gardens and small farms will be featured in a garden tour on Saturday, May 18. The self-guided tour highlights water-wise and wild- life-friendly landscapes and two farms focused on education and developing economic opportunities through organic farming. Home landscapes include a rose garden developed by a master rosarian and author, an artfully-designed succu- lent garden, and a National Wildlife Federation Certified Wildlife Habitat. The annual tour is orga- nized by the UC Master Photo of Marlene and BIll Ramsay by Alex Garcia, Mag One Productions Gardeners of Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties, an all-volunteer organization dedicated to educating local home gardeners about sus- tainable gardening through practical, research-based information. Throughout the day, local master gardeners will be available to answer ques- tions at each site as well as at the tour headquarters at Rancho Cielo at 710 Old Stage Road. Rancho Cielo will host a spring plant sale, demonstrations and a garden marketplace. There will also be a silent auction and raffle for a variety of garden-related items. Tickets are $25 per person, which benefits UC Mas- ter Gardeners educational programs, such as low-cost classes, a demonstration garden in Watsonville, and education-focused com- munity events such as the recent Smart Gardening Fair in Pacific Grove. The Garden Tour starts at Rancho Cielo at 10 am and concludes at 3 pm. Tickets and details are available at mbmg.ucanr. edu. Proceeds benefit mas- ter gardener's educational programs for local home gardeners. Website Photo

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