The Santa Barbara County Farm Bureau Oak Tree Education Program is providing oak seedlings free to any resident of the county. After collecting acorns from around the county and performing float tests to determine which were healthy for planting, program coordinator Robyn Moon dispersed them across the county to be planted at schools. Students in agriculture and horticulture classes at Cabrillo, Lompoc, and Santa Ynez high schools spent the past six months planting and tending to the 4,000 acorns; they have now grown to six-inch-tall seedlings that are prime for planting. There are two species of oaks available: valley and coast live. There are several hundred valley oaks available now, and coast live oaks will be available mid-May. Both need about 15 feet of land per plant. For more information, contact the S.B. County Farm Bureau at 688-7479 or


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