We love getting involved!
The Apple Hill Growers and our individual ranch members believe in giving back to our local community. We want to do as much as we can to help. We focus on the needs of youth in our area by providing positive experiences and resources that cultivate a connection between agriculture, food, and natural resources. Here are just a few of our community projects and partners:
Norma Brubaker Scholarships – The Apple Hill Growers established the Norma Brubaker Scholarship in 1986 in honor of the first Secretary of the Apple Hill Growers. The scholarships are made possible by proceeds from the Apple Hill Harvest Run and the Brubaker family. The scholarships are awarded to several students each year in support of their pursuit of higher education in agriculture or a similar career field. Contact us for more information.
El Dorado County Ag in the Classroom – This local, grassroots, charitable organization provides quality agriculture-related educational resources, programs, and training opportunities to increase awareness and understanding of the importance of agriculture in our lives.
Farm Day – As part of the El Dorado County Ag in the Classroom program, Farm Days are fun, hands-on field trips where lessons of agriculture and its role in our everyday lives, our county, and its economy are taught to 3rd graders in the context of local farms, ranches, forests, and watersheds. Throughout the day, students and their teachers rotate to 6-8 different learning stations to learn about farms, natural resources, food, nutrition and animals. Go to http://agintheclass-edc.org/programs-resources/farm-day/ for more information
Apple Hill Harvest Run – This event takes place the first Sunday of November each year and all proceeds of the Apple Hillsm Harvest Run events directly benefit the students of Camino Union School District. Please join Camino School in hosting one of the oldest runs in California: the 39th Annual Apple Hill® Harvest Run, on the morning of Sunday, November 4, 2018. Find out more at http://applehillrun.org/.
4 Directions Farm – This Farm is a nonprofit vocational arts program for individuals with disabilities. Their mission is to provide these individuals with job skills in a way that will truly allow them to engage their communities and seek opportunities for meaningful work that fills them with a sense of purpose. 4 Directions Farm was founded under the principle that everyone deserves the chance to find direction in life! Check out http://www.4directionsfarm.org.
We are extremely proud of our members that also share time and resources with organizations and events throughout the community that include FFA, 4H, Camino School, Images of Hope, Mother Lode Rehabilitation Enterprises and others.