Today is the day! I am meeting up with the blogging crew in just a few hours. I was asked to represent Cal Poly’s Brock Center for Agricultural Communication and blog about the event from my perspective. The Know a California Farmer campaign is taking food and family bloggers on a tour of SLO County agriculture. But, what is my perspective anyway? I figured I should provide a quick bio for those who don’t know me.
My name is Jennifer Ray and I am a senior Agricultural Communications major at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. I work part time as the university’s Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Librarian Student Assistant and at the Brock Center. I was born in Salinas, Calif., the Salad Bowl of the World, but I don’t like salad. I grew up in the Central Valley and attended high school in Atwater, Calif. I have always had a passion for agriculture. My grandfather (my mom’s dad) was a dairyman and my great grandfather (my dad’s grandfather) had a hobby ranch. Agriculture is in my blood. Although, I would probably love it anyway.
I fostered my love for agriculture through the 4-H Youth Development Program and National FFA Organization (also known as the Future Farmers of America). I discovered my love for communicating agriculture at a petting zoo and the rest is history. I realized there was something wrong if fourth graders growing up in the middle of California’s Central Valley did not know the eggs and milk they buy at the grocery store came from real animals. They were fascinated by the “real chicken egg!” I knew there had to be something I could do to help people understand where their food comes from.