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  • The Patch: Student Experimental Pumpkin Patch

    September 25, 2019                
    The Patch: Student Experimental Pumpkin Patch

    The Patch will be open to the public Friday to Sunday, September 27th to October 27th, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., with the last entry at 6:00 p.m., at Los Flores Ranch Park, 6245 Dominion Road.

    In addition to selling pumpkins and fresh produce grown by local high school students, attractions will include a corn maze, food vendors, agricultural exhibit, animal exhibit, life-size games, live music, and a craft area for the kids. 

    This month-long event will create a platform for students to showcase their hard work and provide families of all backgrounds with a budget-friendly and family-oriented fall attraction. Special events vary by week: please visit www.thepatchsantamaria.com for the Special Events schedule.

    The Patch is a student experimental pumpkin patch located at Los Flores Ranch Park. The Patch is a partnership between the City of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department and Betteravia Farms, to provide free agricultural education programs to more than 60 high school students in the Santa Maria Valley. Students participate in monthly workdays and outreach programs to gain experience in land and crop production, leadership, teamwork, and commitment.
    Watch the video about The Patch on the City’s YouTube Channel.

    Students grew three acres of pumpkins, two acres of corn, and an assortment of produce. The Patch major sponsors include: Betteravia Farms, All About Ag Harvesting, Guadalupe Hardware Company, Nacho Harvest, and JD Humann Landscaping, Inc. Each provides The Patch team with resources needed to provide students with a career-based agricultural educational experience.
    Questions may be directed to the Recreation and Parks Department at (805) 925-0951 extension 2260.

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