Strawberry Farmer Visits California School

By Johanna Miller, Register-Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE—MacQuiddy Elementary students were given a special treat Friday when local farmer Javier Zamora visited during lunch break to teach them about strawberries.

Zamora, who runs JSM Organics out of Aromas, set up a table at the side of the school’s cafeteria and covered it with cases of different strawberry varieties. It didn’t take long for the children to notice.

Becca McKnight, from Pajaro Valley Unified School District’s Food & Nutrition Services stood guard in front of the strawberries, promising the eager students that no one would leave empty handed—they just had to wait their turn.

“It’s great, seeing them so excited for fresh fruits and veggies,” McKnight smiled. “And they really are at the prime age to get interested in where it all comes from.”