AgVenture gives kids a chance to see, hear, smell, and touch agriculture, a chance they may not otherwise have. In fact, for some, this is the only field trip they take the entire year. Events run from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and volunteers are needed for a variety of roles. There is a place for everyone from timers and orchard/building supervisors to display and presenter volunteers. Time commitments range from two to four hours onsite.
Happy volunteers are fed volunteers! SJC California Women for Agriculture sponsors breakfast and SJC Farm Bureau provides lunch for all volunteers. This support is very much appreciated.
Each event requires between 250 and 550 volunteers. Sign up today to be part of the fun!
During the field trip, classes view four,10-minute presentations. These 4 presentations are: health and nutrition, soil/water conservation, and two agricultural commodities. Presenters create a 10-minute presentation and present to two groups of four classes with a twenty-minute break in between. In total, the same 10-minute talk is given 8 times, with an intermission. A reference guide for presentations can be found HERE. Additionally, you can find an example HERE.
Students spend the remainder of their field trip viewing 60-80 displays. During this time, classes go from one display to another listening to short presentations by the display hosts. County businesses and organizations, farmers and ranchers, as well as local 4-H clubs and FFA chapters host booths featuring everything from fruits and vegetables to livestock and farm machinery and even square dancing and agricultural mechanics. A reference guide for displays can be found HERE.
* The above descriptions pertain to a typical AgVenture season. However, due to COVID-19, the 20/21 events will be virtual.