We continue to experience increased interest and demand for our programs and educational opportunities. This year more than 17,750 people were served in 164 workshops, conferences and tours organized with our community partners. Highlights included hosting the Fifth Science Symposium for Sudden Oak Death and continuing support of farm stewardship through the all-day rancher short course on Payments for Ecosystem Services.
Our school outreach programs provided nutrition and science education to nearly 11,716 youth at farm day events, in school gardens, and childcare facilities. Our 4-H in the Classroom program reached approximately 800 students at 13 participating schools and four afterschool sites. Similarly, our school garden program provided support to 48 gardens and approximately 6,000 students, up from 30 gardens in 2012.
The events were co-organized with our many community partners including: Marin Agricultural Land Trust, Marin Agriculture Weights and Measures, Marin County Office of Education, Marin County Farm Bureau, Marin Organic, Agricultural Institute of Marin, Marin Community Development Agency, Marin County Fire, MCSTOPPP, County Libraries, Marin Art and Garden Center, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Marin Resource Conservation District, Tomales Bay Watershed Council, Agricultural Institute of Marin, Sonoma Marin Animal Resource Committee, California Oak Mortality Task Force, Marin County Parks and Open Space, City of San Rafael, Falkirk Center, College of Marin IVC campus, Conservation Corps North Bay, Dominican College, Western United Dairymen, North Bay Dairy Women, Golden Gate Farmers Market Association, Marin Carbon Project, and California Industrial Relations Apprenticeship Standards.