Saturday, April 21, 2012

Help Pierce College Farm: Go to Farm Walk April 22nd!!!

Los Angeles Pierce College in Woodland Hills is the last agriculture college in the City of Los Angeles (actually in the City of LA) not LA County.

Right in the middle of metropolitan Los Angeles, next to the San Fernando Valley’s largest business district, lies a 200-acre teaching farm, part of Los Angeles Pierce College’s agriculture department. 

A goat resident at Pierce College Farm, from Farm Walk 2003

Pierce College is one of the nine colleges of the Los Angeles Community College District, and the only one that still features an agriculture focus. The preservation and use of the farm’s tillable area and rangeland represents the last farmland left in this suburban area. 

Its agricultural roots run deep; when the campus was established in 1947, it was founded as the Clarence W. Pierce School of Agriculture and its entire faculty was dedicated to teaching production agriculture. Today, there are less than a dozen teachers in the department.

The college is probably best known for its two-year Pre-Veterinary Sciences Program and this year, the college nearly lost all of the large animals at the farm that are critical to this program because they could not afford to care for and feed them.

You can help by attending the college's Annual Farm Walk, a community open house that lets the public see all that the farm has to offer. The event offers activities for all ages and gives city residents a chance to see a farm up close. 

Here's Details On The Event:

Location: Pierce College, 6201 Winnetka Avenue, Woodland Hills, CA 

Sunday, April 22, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission: $5, and free for children under 12  

Activities: Petting zoo, pony rides, face painting, sheep shearing, cow-milking, and gourmet food trucks will be there to feed hungry visitors!

If you can't make it to Farm Walk, you can still help the farm by donating to its Adopt a Cow program or by making donations online to the Pierce College Foundation, just designate that you want your donation to go to the Friends of the Pierce College Farm when prompted to provide more information.

Pierce College Farm