KIDS, Where DOES Our Food Come From? | SEEAG Has $8k Answers

Ventura County, Calif. Students for Eco-Education and Agriculture (SEEAG), a nonprofit organization that helps young students understand and appreciate the origins of their food, has received an $8,000 grant from the Schwemm Family Foundation. The grant will support SEEAG’s Ventura County Childhood Wellness Initiative, where children learn the importance of eating diverse fruits and vegetables to ensure overall health and wellness.

SEEAG’s wellness initiative teaches children about nutrients and benefits of the colors of food (green, yellow, orange, purple, blue, red and white) through hands-on activities including recipe making and taste testing. The program serves 4,000 Los Angeles and Ventura County children in grades 2 through 4 annually with interactive assemblies at elementary schools.  

“It’s because of the generosity from organizations such as Schwemm Family Foundation that make our outreach to children possible,” says Mary Maranville, SEEAG’s founder and CEO. “Our programs and field trips are all free because the donations we receive offset the costs. This takes a big financial burden off of schools and enables more schools to participate.”

SEEAG also sponsors the Annual Ventura County Farm Day, a free self-guided tour in which over 20 Ventura County farms open their doors to the public so people of all ages can learn about agriculture firsthand. It will take place this year on Saturday, November 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. For further details, go towww.venturacountyfarmday.com.


About SEEAG… Founded in 2008, Students for Eco-Education and Agriculture (SEEAG) aims to help young students understand the origins of their food by bridging the gap between agriculture and consumption through its agricultural education programming. SEEAG’s “The Farm Lab” program based in Ventura County teaches schoolchildren about the origins of their food and the importance of local farmland by providing schools with classroom agricultural education and free field trips to farms. Through this program, over 15,000 elementary school students in Southern California have increased their understanding of the food journey. www.seeag.org


About the Schwemm Family Foundation… The Schwemm Family Foundation seeks to promote programs and initiatives that enhance natural environments, preserve local history and culture and promote healthy, active lifestyles. https://schwemmfoundation.org


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