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SMJUHSD agriculture students participated and volunteered at the "Fashion in Aktion" Strut and Stroll Showcase, which was hosted by the Kiwanis Aktion Club of Santa Maria, inside the Veteran's Memorial Hall on Sunday, May 6th.

The students shined in the fashion show as well as set up a booth to showcase "The Patch"-- a future event that will be open to the public this fall. The mission of "The Patch" is to provide local high school students with leadership opportunities and agricultural experiences that directly benefits the community of Santa Maria.

"The Patch" will offer diversified, hands-on educational programs to local high school students. These programs will provide students with an opportunity to begin or enhance their knowledge of production agriculture, leadership, and agritourism. In return for student’s dedication to "The Patch", they will have the opportunity to apply for scholarship awards.

With support from P.L.A.Y. (People for Leisure and Youth), Betterravia Farms, and local community partners, "The Patch" will take place Thursdays-Sundays in October at Los Flores Ranch in Santa Maria.

Pioneer Valley FFA students included Eldaine Estacio, Abel Garcia, Dora Gurrola, Sebastian Pinon, Luke Zaragoza, Francheska Cabeliza, Marina Cuevas, Andrea Maldonado and Brielle Casillas. Santa Maria FFA representatives were Jennifer DeLeon and Efren Santos.

"Events like this allows us [students] to give back to such a supportive community"--Sebastian Pinon, sophomore, Pioneer Valley FFA.

The community at large is invited to take part in a new tradition for the Santa Maria Valley and showcase the efforts of agriculture education students in the SMJUHSD, according to Agriculture Teacher Tyler A. Dickinson. Students from the agriculture departments in the SMJUHSD meet monthly to work on bringing a seasonal pumpkin patch and agritourism destination for the community of Santa Maria to life, Dickinson added.

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