A 20-year tradition of east meeting west at Hartnell College continues August 17-25 when 12 students and two faculty members from Miyagi Agricultural College in Japan come to Hartnell to study the agriculture of the Salinas Valley.
"The visit is part of a sister-college relationship between Hartnell and Miyagi," said Cicely McCreight, executive director of the Hartnell College Foundation, sponsor of the visit. "We are most honored to be hosting the Miyagi students again this year," she said.
During their stay, students will take several field trips to study vegetable crops and ornamental horticulture as well as visit Gatanaga Nursery, Sakata Seed, Inc., and Schoch's Dairy in Salinas. Hartnell agriculture instructor Vearl Gish and ornamental horticulture instructor TetsuoUeda are the instructors for the program.
The students also will visit several local sites, including the Steinbeck House and the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
The Japanese visitors will be housed with local families, according to program coordinator Joanne West. "Integration into an American family," says West, "is an important part of the students' time spent in Salinas. It also is rewarding for the local families to have students from another culture in their homes."
Over the years, many Hartnell students also have visit the Miyagi campus, located near Sendai, Japan. For example, in 2000, four students and one instructor in Hartnell's Boronda International Program visited Miyagi.
For more information on the Miyagi visit, call Joanne West at (831) 755-6890.