Winters Farm to School Summer Feast includes walking tour of the UC Davis Experimental Orchard

Tickets are available at ACE Hardware or online at wintersfarmtoschool.com.

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By Patty Rominger The Winters Farm to School Annual Summer Feast will be held from 11:30 am until 3:00 pm on Saturday, June 22 at the historic Wolfskill Ranch on the south side of Putah Creek in Winters. “We gather around 11:30 a.m. for appetizers under the generous shade of an old, majestic pecan tree,” says Gloria Lopez, President of Winters Farm to School. “Guests have plenty of time to mingle with friends new and old and to browse the selection of unique silent auction items donated by local families and businesses. Around 1 pm guests take their seats for our afternoon feast. One long table is set under the fragrant canopy of 160-year old olive trees planted by John Wolfskill. Everyone brings his own tableware so the table is an eclectic mix of color, styles, crystal, silver and fine china.  Taking over two hours to enjoy the delicious food and drink, all donated by local farms, wineries and breweries, the feast is a leisurely way to spend an afternoon all benefitting a great cause.”  “Each year we have held our feast at Wolfskill because the location itself is both beautiful and historic,” says Lopez. “The Wolfskill Ranch has a long and fascinating history that weaves into the greater story of California becoming a state and Winters becoming such an agricultural hub. Today Wolfskill is a topnotch research facility housing both the UC Davis Department of Plant Sciences Experimental Orchards and the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Clonal Germplasm Repository.” “Every year, guests of the Farm to School feast have had the opportunity to learn more about all of the work being conducted at Wolfskill – innovative work which draws visiting scholars from around the world,” added Lopez. “As in past years, guests for our 2019 feast will have the opportunity to participate in a 30 minute Walking Tour of the Wolfskill Experimental Orchards. Each year a professor from the UC Davis Department of Plant Sciences leads the tour which focuses on the breadth of research, extension and teaching that the Department of Plant Sciences contributes to the local, regional and world agricultural economies. Guests interested in participating in the 30-Minute Walking Tour should call Cathy Olsen at 530-795-6109 to reserve a spot. The Walking Tour starts at 11 am. Guests should wear comfortable walking shoes and have a hat for sun protection.”  “Dr. John Preece, Director of the USDA’s National Clonal Germplasm Repository located at Wolfskill will also be available to talk about their important work at the Repository,” said Lopez. “Dr. Preece is also a wealth of information about the fascinating history of the Wolfskill property.” Monies raised at the Summer Feast are used to promote three major programs for Winters Farm to School: the purchase of fruits and vegetables from Yolo County farms for the Winters School District’s school breakfast and lunch programs, keeping the gardens at Waggoner and Rominger Schools green and growing and supporting two weekly Kids Farmer’s Markets serving over 200 students per week. Tickets for the Feast are $125 per person and are available at ACE Hardware on Main Street in Winters, on line at wintersfarmtoschool.com or by calling 530-795-6109. The Feast has sold out each year so those wanting to attend are encouraged to purchase their tickets now.]]>

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