The trim work on the front of the Borina Barn was finished during the first week of March. It has been three years from the time we started building until it was finally finished. To some people it seems like a long time, but all of the work was accomplished by volunteers!
I want to take this time to thank the volunteers who helped put on all of finishing touches to the building: Tom Stickel, Alex Biondi, Dallas Laatsch, Barney Stephens and Lynne Grossi. Thanks also goes to Stan Nielsen for the survey work, Jim Scurich for the use of his Boom Lift and David Kegebein for the use of his Scissor Lift. A big THANK YOU to all.
Traditionally, when we finish a project we have a party to celebrate our accomplishments and the completion of the Borina Barn is no exception. On Saturday, Aug. 1 we will dedicate both the Building and the Founding of the Agricultural History Project with a Barbecue and some very special speakers.
Sandy Lydon, who wrote the preface for Mike Wallace’s book, “The Borina Family of Watsonville,” will be here to speak about the Borina family and their contribution to agriculture. We will have another very special guest speaker — Jim Panetta. It will be a special honor and pleasure to have Jim because his Dad, then Congressman Leon Panetta,spoke at our very first event 30 year ago. At that event, Fred Silva had a team of horses pulling a one-row cultivator and I have a great picture of Congressman Panetta driving those horses! We are planning to again have Fred Silva’s Draft Horses at the celebration.
So be sure to mark Saturday, Aug.1 on your calendar and watch for more information about the Celebration.