HOLTVILLE — Most Imperial Valley children of migrant farm workers in the Imperial Valley don't know why their parents must move north every summer. Most children don't know about agriculture.
A program in Holtville's migrant child development center from the Imperial County Office of Education is teaching pre-school migrant children about agriculture and its significance in the Imperial Valley.
Julieta Conway, the program's site supervisor in Holtville, started the program about 10 years ago. About five years ago she took a little patch of dry land next to her classroom and with the help of local agriculture companies and parents of students turned it into a garden that she calls "Garden of Delight."
"It's nice because it teaches them (the students) about the work their parents do," said Conway.
The children learn about tilling, planting, cultivating, irrigating and harvesting.
Conway starts by asking the parents of her students if their companies would be interested in helping. Representatives from the companies then give presentations about agriculture. They also help Conway in planting several vegetable seeds in her small garden.