Women for Agriculture (CWA) hosts Annual Farm Day
California Women for Agriculture hosted their annual Farm Day
, June 1, at Los Primeros Elementary School in Camarillo, California.
This year The Channel Islands Gourd Society was invited to join
as part of our Outreach Program to the local community.
Shirley Gorman, Outreach Coordinator for CIGS, and Janie Knappenberger,
past Coordinator participated in sharing the history, horticulture
and crafting of gourds. Eighteen groups of students; 317 total
children and 54 adults experienced how CIGS's networks with the
community. Students were introduced to how we have used gourds
throughout our history and their purposes in our lives. The students
witnessed gourds straight from the fields to creation of various
utilitarian, musical, ceremonial and decorative crafts.
Each class was presented with a kit for starting gourd plants.
Some students also participated in the "what do you know about
gourds" game and won additional gourd items for crafting.
This event was very educational for the children and their teachers,
and is why this event is so popular around our county. CWA's goal
is to promote awareness of the connection between the produce we
grow and the animals we nurture, and just how they effect our daily
Channel Islands Gourd Society has already been invited back for
next year's event.