SPRING 2019 SPEAKER SERIES
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Please join us for our Spring Speaker Series featuring talks by members of the Pajaro Valley Agricultural Community with stories to share of the history, challenges, successes and efforts to preserve the values, culture and agricultural lifestyle that makes the Pajaro Valley such a unique and wonderful community.
March 21, 2019
Speaker: Joe Morris – “Sustainability in Grass-Fed Beef Production on the Kelly Thompson Ranch.”
Joe Morris and his family are proud of their agricultural roots raising beef on the Central Coast. They sustainably raise grass-fed beef on the beautiful Kelly Thompson Ranch foothills using the old-time cowboy ways.
April 18, 2019
Speaker: Sierra Ryan and Friends, authors of “Harvesting Our Heritage – Bite Sized Stories from Santa Cruz History”
These authors, descendants of pioneering Pajaro Valley families, tell the fascinating stories of crop change in the Pajaro Valley; from hops and potatoes to sugar beets, row crops and today’s bountiful berries. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event.
May 16, 2019
Speaker: Dr. Janet Nagamine- “Against All Odds – How Commitment to Family and Heritage preserved a greenhouse nursery business in the Pajaro Valley.”
Dr. Nagamine’s parents, now in their 90’s have run a nursery business on Freedom Boulevard since the mid 1960’s. Staying the course through economic ups and downs they have transitioned from cut flowers to a thriving business growing premium organic Japanese vegetables, in the old tradition, which are prized by premier chefs and local consumers alike.
June 13, 2019
Speaker: Stuart Kitayama and friends – “Turning Up Daisies – the Road from Roses to Gerbera’s.”
The Kitayama Brothers Nursery has been in the floral nursery industry since the ‘50’s. Their commitment to the environment, sustainability and their sheer tenacity has allowed them to emerge as a leader in production of commercial flowers nation-wide.