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Student farm named for teacher?
• Ken Moncrief to retire
Ken Moncrief speaking 2015
Ken Moncrief speaking at a 2015 Ceres Chamber event. - photo by JEFF BENZIGER/ Courier file photo

The Ceres School Board will consider renaming the CUSD Farm after longtime Ag Teacher Ken Moncrief who has been passionate about promoting the facility.

If approved, a ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at the Agriculture Center at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12. CSUD’s Farm is located behind Hidahl Elementary School (2351 E. Redwood Road).

Moncrief is retiring at the end of the current school year.

He’s been an agriculture teacher for the district for 34 years.

Moncrief was named the Ceres Chamber of Commerce Agribusiness Man of the Year in 2014.

Spearheaded by Moncrief, CUSD broke ground on the Ceres Ag Center for the 2009-10 school year.

Ceres Unified School District provided 6.5 acres of land, which had a value of $100,000 at the time of donation, for the farm and assistance in financing for a tractor that cost $25,000.

Moncrief installed shingles on the 3,000-square foot instructional/processing/storage building.

Expansion included adding a swine barn, a large livestock building and a greenhouse.

Students are in charge of planting, tending and harvesting row crops, fruits and vegetables for the district’s Child Nutrition Department.