- Author: Elizabeth Fichtner
Kurt Schmidt, Lindcove Research and Extension Center (LREC) Superintendent and Elizabeth Fichtner, Farm Advisor, UCCE Tulare County, video-conferenced with the second grade classes of Mrs. Stella Guiry and Mrs. Jennifer Solano at Stewart School in Garden City, New York. The outreach program was organized by Ms. Dawn Ripp, the Stewart School librarian. Using remote conferencing technology, Elizabeth presented a PowerPoint presentation to the students, highlighting the importance of science and technology for agricultural productivity, economic and environmental sustainability, and the maintenance of a healthy and safe food supply. Students then addressed Kurt Schmidt with questions regarding his experiences as a citrus grower, from protecting trees from the cold to production of seedless varieties. The outreach program was timed in conjunction with students planting a school garden and making mini-greenhouses out of recycled materials.