Other stops on the tour included the Regional Center for Border Health, the U.S. Border Patrol Yuma Sector Headquarters, Takaii Seed Company, and the Dream Gate Fresh Salad vegetable processing plant.

The last stop was a Yuma-area icebery lettuce field where Project CENTRL members watched the harvest under way.

One class member was overheard saying, ‘I had no idea the amount of hard work that goes into harvesting vegetables. I’ve driven by vegetable fields but have never seen it up close. This experience has opened my eyes.’

As it did for many.

Since 1983, more than 550 Project CENTRL class members have completed the program. Today, the graduates use the leadership tools gained from the program to meet the needs facing agriculture and rural Arizona.

cblake@farmpress.com

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