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California Department of Food and Agriculture

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California Department of Food and Agriculture
Release #06-014
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“Creating Healthy Choices” with art contest and school gardens

WHAT: The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) in collaboration with California Women in Agriculture (CWA) will host Ag Day 2006. The event will showcase the artistic talents of California’s school children, grades 1 thru 8. Schools throughout the state will participate in an art show that honors California’s agriculture products. The spotlight will also shine on statewide school garden programs that are created to promote healthy choices in nutrition and wellness. Western Growers Association will have on display a sample of the ideal school garden. This year’s theme, “Creating Healthy Choices,” promotes good nutrition and wellness, especially among school age children.

WHEN: 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 29, 2006, rain or shine.

WHO: CDFA Secretary A.G. Kawamura
           CWA President Mary Ann Graff
           USDA Deputy Director Patrick Atagi
           Senator Jeffrey Denham, (R) Merced, Chair of the Senate Agriculture 
           Assembly Member Barbara Matthews, (D) Tracy, Chair of the 
           Assembly Ag Committee
           Assembly Member Doug LaMalfa, (R) Richvale
           Master of Ceremonies Dave Bender of KOVR-13 television
           Musical guest The California Cowboys

WHERE: California State Capitol, West Side

WHY: This festive three-hour event is designed to give California’s agriculture community a day of recognition and appreciation by bringing together state legislators, government officials and the public.


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