Rotary Club of Walnut Creek Hosts Annual Cal Berkeley Agricultural Tour of Contra Costa County Farms, Ranches, and Wineries

 

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November 08, 2018
The Rotary Club of Walnut Creek recently sponsored an all-day agricultural tour of Contra Costa County for 43 Cal Berkeley international students and visiting scholars representing 18 countries including Brazil, Chile, China, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, JapanKorea, Kosova, NetherlandsNew Zealand, Nigeria, NorwaySouth Africa, SpainTaiwan, and Turkey.
 
A popular Rotary tradition and highly anticipated annual event begun in the late 1960s, this year's tour took place on Saturday, October 27.
 
"The day was filled with opportunities for the international students to enjoy a glimpse of Americana that they would not otherwise get while studying at UC Berkeley," says Sabine Webb, Rotarian and director of the International House Agricultural Tour Program, who studied at Cal as an international student from Austria. "It also provided students opportunities to meet and learn from people who live in this region and who work in agriculture. The students asked great questions, which led to a lot of answers and insight into agriculture here in the U.S." 
 
In Brentwood, students enjoyed the Village Nursery, a hayride at the Smith Family Farm, wine tasting at Hannah Nicole Vineyards & Winery, and a lesson in olive oil production at McCauley Brothers Olive Groves. Heading west, they visited Ginochio Ranch, a thriving, working cattle ranch just inside the North Gate entrance to Mount Diablo. The last stop on the tour was the historic Borges Ranch in Walnut Creek where participants got a feel for living and working on a California cattle ranch in the early 20th century. Established in 1899, Borges is listed on the National Register of Historical Places and is currently owned by the City of Walnut Creek. The evening ended with a barbecue dinner under the stars cooked and served by Rotarians.
 
"The interactions with the students are the most enjoyable part of this experience," says Webb. Noting that a part of Rotary's mission is to provide humanitarian service and to advance goodwill and peace around the world, Webb says, "We know the goodwill generated by this program will continue through their years of schooling and beyond."

Rotary Club of Walnut Creek, www.rotarywc.org
Pledging itself to Service Above Self, Rotary International is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who come together to make positive, lasting change in communities at home and abroad. With more than 34,000 clubs worldwide, Rotary International is the largest private nonprofit organization in the world. Locally, among a wide number and variety of activities, the Rotary Club of Walnut Creek hosts student exchange programs, provides student scholarships, works with Meals on Wheels, and holds an annual Crab Feed fundraiser with proceeds donated directly back to community and international service efforts. Internationally, Rotary Club of Walnut Creek works to eradicate polio; deliver safe, healthy water to underserved communities; and provide wheelchairs to needy disabled children, teens, and adults in Central America.
 
Contact:
Sabine Webb
sabine@swebb-law.com