Lake County CWA Announces AgVenture 2022 Class

The Lake County Chapter of California Women for Agriculture (CWA) is pleased to announce its 2022 AgVenture class.

Twelve community leaders from a range of positions were selected to participate in this, the eleventh offering of this popular program, which returns after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Members of the 2022 class include: Lake County District 3 Supervisor Eddie Crandell; Lake County District 2 Supervisor Bruno Sabatier; Lake County Community Development Director Mireya Turner; Lake County Agricultural Commissioner Katherine VanDerWall; Lakeport Chief Building Official Bethany Moss; Lake County Deputy Water Resources Director Marina Deligiannis; Lake County Vector Control Technician Sandi Courcier; Lake County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Laura McAndrews Sammel; Lake County Farm Bureau Executive Director Rebecca Harper; Clear Lake Environmental Research Center (CLERC) Fire & Forestry Program Manager Tracy Cline; Bella Vista Farming Company Assistant Manager Will Weiss; and Lake County Record-Bee Reporter Nikki Carboni.

AgVenture is an innovative concept in agricultural education designed for non-farming community leaders and others who wish to understand the vital role that agriculture plays in Lake County’s economy. AgVenture sessions cover topics including labor, history, marketing, water and land use, regulations, pest management, and sustainability.

On August 12, AgVenture class members embarked on the first of four sessions as they learned about the pear industry, including tours of Henderson/Panella pear orchard and Scully Packing Company pear shed. Three subsequent classes will provide insight into the winegrape industry on September 9, walnuts and livestock on October 7, and olives, biotechnology, and farm labor on November 4.

Class members will be given tours of an olive mill, a walnut orchard, a livestock operation, a commercial vineyard operation, and a commercial winery.

Started by Lake County CWA in 2010, AgVenture is designed to give participants a broad yet locally oriented understanding of the agricultural industry.

The AgVenture program Steering Committee, all CWA members, are Rebecca Harper, Colleen Rentsch, Toni Scully, Debra Sommerfield, Katherine VanDerWall, and Sharron Zoller.

About CWA

California Women for Agriculture (CWA) was founded in 1975 and is the most active, all-volunteer agricultural organization in the state, with 20 chapters and more than 1,300 members comprising farmers, ranchers, bankers, lawyers, accountants, marketing professionals, support services, consumers, and the vast stakeholders of the agriculture industry.

CWA promotes leadership within local communities, advocacy on key local, state, and federal issues, public service and outreach, agriculture literacy in our schools, and promotional initiatives to preserve and educate those living in our increasingly urbanized California landscape. CWA advocates for the economic sustainability of the diverse California agriculture community so future generations can continue to produce a healthy, diverse food supply.  

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