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Pioneers of the Pajaro Valley Speaker Series

The Rotary Club of Watsonville is working in partnership with the Pajaro Valley Historical Association,  the Watsonville Public Library and the Video Academy at Watsonville High to create professional videos of historical figures in the Pajaro Valley.    The series began on March 29 with Nita Gizdich serving as the first presenter.    Nita, with Jess Brown, Director of the SC County Farm Bureau view as her moderator, gave a rich history of her travels from Croatia and the beginnings of her successful farm operation leading to the famous Gizdich pies.      You can see the presentation at this link –


North Monterey County Dairy Farmer and retired Monterey County Board of Supervisor, Lou Calcagno, presented on April 19.   He gave incredible overview of  agriculture in the Pajaro Valley with a focus on the dairy industry.    The next presenter will be Diane Porter Cooley on May 31, former Farmer of the Year in the Pajaro Valley and Santa Cruz County.     We also will have Hal Hyde present on June 21.   Hal served as the Manager at Ford’s Department Store for forty years and was one of the founders of Cabrillo College AND UCSC.