Exeter grows largest high school citrus farm in the state

Exeter High School Farm will hold ribbon cutting for new 5-acre addition to its 20-acre citrus farm

EXETER – It’s no secret Exeter describes itself as the citrus capital of the world but what many may not know is it is also home to the largest high school citrus farm in the state … and growing.

Next Wednesday, Oct. 20, Exeter High School will hold a ribbon cutting at 3 p.m. for a new, 5-acre block of citrus planted by students and teachers at the high school farm, located at 435 Sierra Drive along North Kaweah Avenue (Highway 65).

The 20-acre high school farm has been home to agriculture education in Exeter for almost 70 years. The site is home to the nationally recognized Exeter FFA chapter and the projects, students, and staff who endeavor to live, learn, and serve through a diverse curriculum and a wide array of events and activities.

Sixteen acres of the school farm are dedicated to three varieties of citrus tended to by students and staff. The fruit is commercially packed and sold internationally under the Sunkist family of brands. The program gives students real-world, on-farm experience, including plant science, ag mechanics, and ag business skills.

Those in attendance will hear remarks about the program from local, regional, and state educational stakeholders. The event is scheduled to conclude at about 4 p.m., and light refreshments will be served. Visitors to the ribbon cutting should approach from the south or park along the highway.

For more information, email EUHS ag teacher Dan Crookham at [email protected].

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