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

Virtual Read with a Farmer

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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.

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The Beeman by Laurie Krebs - Read by Brent Ashurst

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Did you miss the live Read with a Farmer event? Invite a local beekeeper into your classroom with a pre-recorded Read with a Farmer reading. Local Beekeeper, Brent Ashurst, reads The Beeman, by Laurie Krebs.

The Beeman Educator's Guide: (grades K-2) this guide includes six lessons about vocabulary, pollination, and math to partner with The Beeman book.

About our Reader: Brent Ashurst

brent ashurst
Brent Ashurst is a 4th generation beekeeper in the Imperial Valley who’s family has been in the industry for over 100 years. Brent graduated from Brawley Union High School in 2001 and went to work in the family business immediately after. In 2004 Brent purchased 900 of his own bees from a local beekeeper in the Imperial Valley and started Ashurst Apiaries. Since then he has grown his bees from 900 up to 2500-3000 colonies. Brent is active in the California State Beekeepers Association where he is currently finishing his 2nd term as President. While serving as President he also currently holds a board position on the California Apiary Board and was appointed by Karen Ross, Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA). Ashurst Apiaries' goal is to provide strong bees for pollination of crops in the Imperial Valley, San Diego, Riverside, Kern, and Tulare counties for seasonal crops requiring bees. My fondest memory of working with the bees is either catching swarms with my Grandpa, Delvin Ashurst, or working with our employees; many of which have been with us for 40+ years. I have always enjoyed their knowledge and love for the bees.

Right this Very Minute: A Table-to-Farm Book About Food and Farming by Lisl H. Detlefsen

**Recordings of Live Zoom Reading will be available soon**

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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.

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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

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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. 

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