Ann Wofford grew up in rural New Jersey, in an area that gave the Garden State its nickname, in a home surrounded by winter wheat, sweet corn, dairy cows and her Mom’s home-grown tomatoes, and a few horses for trail riding the countryside. After moving to Connecticut midway through high school she was ready for a more urban lifestyle, and chose Syracuse University for college. Upon graduating with a degree in Advertising, Ann was thoroughly tired of snow, and came to California to visit a friend in Santa Cruz County, hoping to find sunny beaches and warm winters. She didn’t find eternal sunshine, but when Ann landed a job in a tasting room, she did marry her co-worker, Paul, the winemaker. After being a stay-at-home mom until her two sons were in school, Ann worked as an Office Assistant at Soquel Elementary School before she and her family, and brother-in-law Mike bought a winery, which they named Wofford Acres Vineyards, in Camino, in 2003. The winery became Ann’s full-time job, and after it was operating smoothly she started working as the Association Secretary for the Apple Hill Growers, a job she had for 7 years.
Ann also became active in a number of the non-profits Wofford Acres Vineyards supported by pouring her wine at their fundraising events, and became interested in local politics and economic development. Ag in the Classroom quickly became one of her favorite non-profits, and after serving on the Board for several years, Ann was thrilled to be offered the position of Executive Director in 2017.
“Ag in the Classroom has been blessed with excellent stewardship from the Board and employees, and it is honor for me to be able to help it continue to grow and thrive in the amazing environment that is El Dorado County.”
Calaveras County has been her home now for 25 years and where Cherie has worked with the Calaveras Unified School District as a volunteer, child care aide and garden care coordinator for the past 16 years.
Her interest in gardening with children began at her daughter’s co-op pre-school 18 years ago. For a Mother’s Day project Cherie was given the task to pick up a donation of flowers from a local nursery. Quite naturally she found herself assisting parents and their children with decorating and showing them how to pot the plants. For Cherie, the experience sparked an interest and appreciation for the endless connections one could make in teaching our young, both academic and life lessons, through nature.
That realization would send her on a path to where she is today.
“I feel privileged to be a representative for AITC and I am looking forward to getting to know the El Dorado County communities. There are so many wonderful lessons that can be taught to our children through nature and I thoroughly enjoy teaching them.”
Cherie currently coordinates the Fields of Learning program and assists with administrative duties.
Britney worked for Farm Bureau and Ag in the Classroom since 2007. She has worked for the El Dorado County Farm Bureau and El Dorado Ag in the Classroom as well as the California Farm Bureau and California Ag in the Classroom Foundation. In 2014, Britney continued to pursue her passion of agricultural education at Green Valley Elementary School as the Garden Coordinator.
Britney has settled down in Placerville with her husband, 2 daughters and 2 dogs. She still enjoys frequent visits to the family farm in Shingle Springs to visit her grandparents, horses, goats and assortment of other livestock.
Britney coordinates Ag in the Classroom’s Farm Days.