Exploring the “Salad Bowl” of the World

December 14, 2010 at 4:37 pm Leave a comment

From our friends at Digital Bard:

Exploring the “Salad Bowl of the World”

On December 8th-12th, we traveled to Monterey County, California to shoot the annual National Young Farmers Education Association (NYFEA) conference.

Not only did we escape the freezing East Coast weathers for a few days, but we also enjoyed the Salinas Valley.  Promoted as the “Salad Bowl of the World,” the valley is a stretch of just under 100 miles that runs between 2 mountain ranges and consists of some of the best farmland in the country.  If you’ve eaten a salad lately, chances are it came from Salinas Valley.

Tours ran for the first two days and included stops ranging from major producers such as Gills Onions and the Dole Factory to more historical attractions including a local mission and the History of Irrigation Museum.

The final day consisted of speeches, salutes, elections, entertainment, and a communication competition for students in agricultural related fields.  Monica Abbot, professional softball player, Olympic silver medalist and Monterey native was a featured guest speaker and helped motivate attendees to achieve their dreams by setting goals.

This is the third institute Digital Bard has done with NYFEA, each year in a different state.  The touring conference helps attending agriculturalists (and tag-alongs like us) to understand and relate to processes outside of their local scope.

It was eye-opening to see an area dominated by large scale farming, yet still challenged by urbanization and environmental restraints.  Next year…Kansas City, Missouri!

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Entry filed under: Guest Bloggers, NYFEA info, The National Institute 2010.

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