The end of June is the close of Second Harvest’s fiscal year. When inventory wraps in the warehouse and the final numbers are crunched, the next step is letting our supporters know about all the good things they made happen through their donations. That means it’s time to start production of the annual report.
We wanted to show off some of the beautiful produce we distribute to our network of agencies and programs, and we wanted it to have a vintage feel. A farm? An old truck? An old truck with produce in the back? On a farm? That’s when we came up with the idea of asking the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds if we could take some photos there. The Agriculture History Project, located on the fairgrounds has 10,000 farming artifacts, including food processing and farm equipment.
For our purposes we chose a beautifully restored 1920 Maxwell Truck. Tom Stickel of the Ag History Project promised us it would start right up and he wasn’t kidding. Pulling out of the Albert & Alzora Snyder Restoration Barn, it was quite a sight. We filled it up with fresh fruits and vegetables and started shooting. Here’s a sneak peak at some of the photos we took that day.
If you are looking for something to do with out-of-town visitors this summer, think about scheduling a tour with the Agriculture History Project. It’s a great way to learn about the rich history of farming in our area. In addition to the 11,000 square foot exhibit space with displays on the history of crops, people, food processing, and farm equipment, there is a research library, meeting room and beautiful lawn available for guests.
For the kids, there’s Second Saturday On The Farm on July 13, 11am – 3pm. This event includes lots of old-fashioned games for kids to play, like flour sack races, marbles, hoops, hopscotch, and others. There will also be an expert griller giving tips on grilling veggies and meats for the summer.
It’s also time to mark your calendars to save at least one day for the 2013 Santa Cruz County Fair, which will be held from September 10-13. The theme this year is “Cowboy Boots and Country Roots.” Second Harvest will have a booth in the Harvest Building. As usual, after the fair closes, all produce from the Harvest Building will be donated to the food bank.
Thanks to everyone at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds and the Agriculture History Project for their time and friendly assistance. Thanks also to Bly Morales for the beautiful display she created and to Shawn Hatjes for the incredible photos.
Second Harvest’s 2012/2013 Annual Report will be available on our web site in early September.