The inaugural Master AGvocate class includes 12 dynamic community members who have completed a three-month comprehensive Community Agricultural Leadership curriculum covering all aspects of Placer County agriculture. They have been behind the scenes at farmers markets, farms, ranches, vineyards and wineries, learned about produce, fruit and citrus orchards, livestock and local meat, wine grapes and wine, marketing and commodity organizations, cold storage, packing and distribution. They have been amazed, amused, delighted and enlightened and have emerged with a heightened respect for the farmers and ranchers whose passion is feeding our community. Graduates were presented certificates of completion by Auburn City Councilmember Kevin Hanley at a Dec. 2 ceremony and potluck dinner in the Rose Room at Auburn City Hall. The Master AGvocate Class of 2011 includes Susan Dupre, Joyce Everett, Margaret Fulton, Julie Guagliardo, Karen Killebrew, Jocelyn Maddux, Hillary Marrs, Beckie Perell, Cheryl Small-Robinson, Ralene Snow, Cindy Tekus and Michael Tekus. As Master AGvocates, they will make themselves available to make presentations to community organizations, volunteer to represent PlacerGROWN and other agricultural organizations at agricultural and community events and help create and enhance programs that promote the region’s local food system. Those interested in participating in the next Master AGvocate program may learn more at PlacerGROWN’s Food & Farm Conference on Saturday, Feb. 4, at Lincoln High School. Information is available at www.placergrown.org. Organizations interested in having a Master AGvocate speak to their group may email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (530) 889-7398. The mission of PlacerGROWN is to assist Placer County agricultural producers to market their products, provide educational information to both the community and producers, and bring farmers, ranchers, community members and organizations together to support agricultural endeavors in Placer County.