If you're a winter visitor to the Imperial Valley and have ever wondered what all that green stuff is growing in the fields, you might like to sign up for a one-day field trip being offered by the University of California Desert Research and Extension Center.
The first in an inaugural series of six field trips designed with snowbirds in mind, but definitely not limited to winter visitors, will be staged at the center be from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Wednesday at 1004 E. Holton Road east of El Centro.
Nancy Wade, educational outreach coordinator for the center, said her team has planned a comprehensive line-up of educational and fun activities that will give visitors and residents alike a better understanding of the different elements that go into farming in the Imperial Valley.
Participants will tour the farm on hay wagons and will learn about crops as diverse as sugar cane and cotton. Experts also will be on hand to explain about those "attitudinally challenged" creatures — Africanized bees.