Each year, hundreds of students visit Limoneira’s main ranch in Santa Paula California to learn about agriculture and its importance to the economy. Teaching material for the students was designed to meet the California Content Standard Based Science Curriculum for field trips. Students visit Limoneira’s Packinghouse, solar facility, demonstration orchard (with over 300 citrus varieties) and organic waste recycling facility. Topics covered include photosynthesis and the pollination of flowers, the role of plants as a source of matter and energy in the food chain, solar energy’s use in agricultural production and the invention of refrigeration and its impact on citrus production.
Material covered the functions of each part of a lemon tree including photosynthesis and the pollination of flowers, the role of plants as a source of matter and energy in the food chain, the benefits of the local geography in agricultural production, the role of solar energy in the agricultural production process and the invention of refrigeration and its impact on citrus production. Limoneira contributes to this program through financial support of the project coordinator, covers student transportation costs and provides in-house staff support. Limoneira contributes financially to this program and also contributes to the cost of student buses to bring students to Limoneira’s ranch.