Achoo! It’s Springtime in SLO!

Dear Fellow Friends of SLO,

My nose is stuffy and my eyes are itchy, but don’t think I’m not enjoying this beautiful spring day. Temperatures are expected to reach 87 degrees in San Luis Obispo today which may sound warm but the cool, coastal breeze makes it pleasant. The hills are green and the flowers are blossoming, hence my sneezing. Despite my allergies, I will be out taking part in the exciting things happening on the Central Coast this weekend!

Friday and Saturday (April 20-21) is Cal Poly’s Tomato Mania! Cal Poly students are selling 75 varieties of tomato plants at the Poly Plant Shop from 10:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. each day. They’ve got all kinds of fun, tomato plants with names like Red Zebra, Better Boy and Bloody Butcher!

Saturday is also the Earth Day Food and Wine Tasting Festival, located at the Pomar Junction Vineyard & Winery in Templeton. The event has over 200 purveyors of food and wine. Its purpose is to bring consumers, farmers and chefs together! This is also a sustainable event to celebrate Earth Day. Last year the event produced less than two pounds of trash among the 1,000 guests. I have the opportunity to experience the festival while manning the recycling stations with the Cal Poly Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow Club.

It’s another amazing weekend on the Central Coast!  I hope to see you out in the sunshine!


Jennifer Ray

Brock Center Associate Editor

About Brock Center for Agricultural Communication

The Brock Center for Agricultural Communication has aggressively pursued the following goals to heighten public awareness and understanding of agricultural issues: *Locate and attract prospective undergraduate students who demonstrate aptitude for communication and have an abiding concern for agriculture. *Assist the university's Colleges of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences and Liberal Arts in preparing these students to be effective professional communicators, through learn-by-doing opportunities. *Serve as a resource and vehicle for the continuing education of those in a position to promote the understanding of agriculture. *Promote the professional development of university faculty through teaching, research and service to agriculture communication. *Develop and maintain a website as a resource of information on agricultural issues to serve students, faculty, media professionals, agriculturists and the public.
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