MJC Agricultural & Environmental Sciences E-News
May 1, 2019
In this Edition:
  • Featured Staff - Lee Ridge

  • Floral Certification

  • FFA State Convention

  • Young Farmers - Club of the Year

  • Last Breakfast - Results

  • Party on the Back Patio

  • Young Farmer Officer Team

  • Dairy judging in Oklahoma


  • 3rd - MJC Graduation - Party in the Patio for Graduating Students!

  • 17th - Irrigation Unit Open House
Lee Ridge to retire after 30 + years of service to MJC Ag!
Lee Ridge was hired in April of 1987 and worked with Dr. Bender. One of their first activities was removing the existing greenhouses and replacing it with one large greenhouse from Napa Valley. Where they had to disassemble and then put together at its present location.  Where it is the heart and sole of the Environmental Horticulture Science Program, without this greenhouse there would be no EHS program.
Lee is most famous for helping customers with their plant needs spending the time necessary to be sure they are satisfied with their plant choices.  Skills he brought to MJC from Valley Nursery in Turlock where he worked for many years.
He has always been willing to help students with their concerns and helped them to grasp the horticultural skills necessary to succeed. One aspect that has helped the students a great deal he maintains the plant identification plants for the two classes and puts the samples together for the class. With his efforts we had the plants to show the students and have a great plant identification class.
He will be missed by students, teachers, staff and customers.
One irreplaceable horticulturist! Congratulations on your future retirement, Mr. Ridge. We will miss you at MJC.

Party On The Back Patio
MJC’s Ag Department once again is hosting a graduation celebration for our students! This is a time where we recognize the hard work and dedication you not only put into our agriculture department but, your schooling as well. It will be on Friday, May 3 rd , from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. If you are interested in attending please sign up on the spreadsheet with your name, I.D. number, and how many people you are bringing.
Young Farmers - Club of The Year
On April 24, 2019, the MJC Agriculture & Environmental Sciences Young Farmers Club was invited to ASMJC’s “The Gala,” put on by Modesto Junior College. Members that attended this event included Sydney Edwards, Kara Lipke, Liliana Llamas, Breanna Nunes, Jaclynn Collins, and Corie Lee Falaschi. Along with the members both advisors Mrs. Marlies Boyd and Mr. Steve Amador were in attendance as well. Mr. Steve Amador was nominated for “Advisor of the Year,” and the Young Farmer’s Club was nominated “Club of the Year.”
Floral Certification
On Monday April 8th, High School students of the Central Region FFA competed in a test run of the Floral Certification Program. Students completed two rounds of a design portion. The design test consist of a duplicate arrangement, hand tied bouquet, corsage, wire and taped flower. It was a great turn out!

FFA State Convention
MJC Ag & Environmental Sciences took nine students to the 91st State FFA Convention. Students recruited and promoted the agricultural programs offered here at MJC. We brought a booth for the career show from Friday through Saturday, and showcased the degrees and certificates offered at MJC. Our students and staff were thrilled to be part of this event and to represent this great department!
Congratulations to Scholarship Recipients
On April 23, 2019, numerous MJC Agriculture Students, Agriculture Instructors, college officials, and industry supporters gathered at the ACE Pavilion bright and early to receive scholarships at the “Annual Last Breakfast.” The “Last Breakfast” also served as ending for the school year and as a farewell for students who plan to transfer in the fall. The students arrived to a full omelet buffet, prepared and cooked by none other than their professors and college officials. Over 60 students were rewarded for their hard work and dedication throughout the semester, as the Ag Department handed out of $71,000 worth of scholarships.

Dean Don Borges made some remarks regarding the success of each students and Al Alt also spoke on behalf of his years of service. The Livestock Judging Team also took the opportunity to thank their coaches, John Mendes and Cameron Rocha for a successful year of learning and new experiences.

We are so proud of each and every one of our students and are extremely fortunate to have the support from our community to reward the efforts of these students.

To see the list of recipients click below!
Young Farmers Officer Team - Fall 2019
The Young Farmers Club at MJC has a long tradition of leadership and community outreach. Holding elections every semester, it allows students to take a leadership role in their education. For the first time in over 10 semesters, the club elected an all woman’s officer tam.

They elected, Liliana Trejo as President, Josie Booth as Vice President. Monica Arias, Liliy Llamas, Megan Yoder and Abbey Douglas were also elected with their positions yet to be decided. “It’s the officers in the club, to run any extracurricular activities such as Dodgeball night, volleyball tournaments, and winter sledding in the Sierra Nevada’s” (Mr. Amador YF Advisor). These events boost community involvement and student outreach in the agricultural department. The club went to baseball games, took a trip up to the mountains, and the ACE pavilion housed many tournaments. These events truly bring joy to students and teachers alike. 
Dairy Judging Team visits Oklahoma State University
Local Job Opportunities
Job Opportunity!
MJC Agriculture and Environmental Sciences department knows the importance of finding a great job that accommodates to a school schedule. The job offered here is a part time 30 hours per week, pay is minimum wage $12.00 per hour. Duties are washing out trailers, dumping trashes, sweeping, and assorted cleaning chores. Job can be done any days Monday – Saturday depending on the workers school schedule. It will also accommodate missing days because of Finals, school trips, etc.

To apply contact:
Mark Villines
A.L. Gilbert Co
Keyes CA
We would like to thank Stanislaus County Farm Bureau for sponsoring and helping our department develop and further our outreach to our community and our students.
Stanislaus County Farm Bureau
1201 L Street
Modesto, CA 95354

MJC Agriculture &
Environmental Sciences

435 College Ave.
Modesto, 95350