Desert Research and Extension Center
Desert Research and Extension Center
Desert Research and Extension Center
University of California
Desert Research and Extension Center

Virtual Read with a Farmer

read with a farmer
Celebrate National Read a Book Day with the 3rd annual Imperial County Read with a Farmer event. 

Help your students recognize connections between farming and the food they eat by inviting a farmer to your classroom…virtually.


Book Selection: Right this Very Minute: A Table-to-Farm Book About Food and Farming

Click here for resources to accompany the book

About Our Readers

J.P. Labrucherie: Reading October 19th

JP LaBrucherie
I’m a 43-year-old fourth-generation farmer.  My family has been farming here in the Imperial Valley for 108 years.  We focus on growing vegetables in the Imperial Valley, Blythe, and Arizona.  Most of our vegetables are grown organically.  I went to college and studied accounting and also went to law school. I am a CPA and attorney, but I chose to come home and work in the farming business. I still use those skills I learned in school in the farming business.

Register Here for Monday, October 19, 2020 @ 10 AM

Steve Snow: Reading October 20th

Steve Snow
Steve Snow is the General Manager of Phillips Cattle Company, a 28,000 head feed yard, south of El Centro.  He has a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Science and Management from UC Davis. He is a long-time supporter of 4-H and the Imperial Valley Food Bank

Register Here for Tuesday, October 20, 2020 @ 10 AM

Paula McConnell Pangle: Reading October 21st and October 24th

Paula McConnell Pangle
Paula McConnell Pangle is a fourth-generation farmer living and working on McConnell Ranch. Six generations have lived on the ranch and the fifth and sixth generations are currently working in agriculture in Imperial Valley. McConnell Ranch was established in 1908 and has continuously grown crops for 112 years! The ranch now focuses on growing organic produce. Paula has lived and worked on McConnell Ranch all her life. She graduated from Cal Poly with a degree in Agricultural Business Management with an emphasis in Agricultural Chemicals. 

Register Here for Wednesday, October 21, 2020 @ 10 AM

Register Here for Saturday, October 24, 2020 @ 2 PM


Register for the Event

Please click on the date below that you would like to register for:

Monday, October 19th @10AM

Tuesday, October 20th @10AM

Wednesday, October 21st @10AM

Saturday, October 24th @2PM

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