Full Name
Mary Maranville
Job Title
Founder, President and CEO
Students for Eco-Education & Agriculture
Speaker Bio
A daughter of a dairy farmer in upstate New York, Mary Maranville founded Students for Eco-Education and Agriculture’s (SEEAG) Farm Lab, a youth agricultural education program in 2008. It’s celebrating its 16th anniversary in 2024 and 11th anniversary as a 501(c)3. SEEAG educates school children about the farm origins of their food and to respect growers, farmworkers, farmland and the food on our table. SEEAG programs are locally relevant and give a realistic portrayal of agriculture. Through its programs, SEEAG is creating thousands of young agricultural ambassadors and future stewards of local farmland.

Mary’s work with children and their parents led to SEEAG's founding of Ventura County Farm Day and Santa Barbara County Farm Day. These events attract over 14,000 people of all ages annually to local farms, where visitors can see and learn about the food chain from farm to table. All SEEAG programs, including both Farm Days, are free to participants.

Under Mary's direction, SEEAG's school and community education and outreach programs help make the important connection between the acres of farmland around us to the food on our table.

In 2024, SEEAG and Mary were recognized as one of five “Champions of Education” by the Pacific Coast Business Times. Also in 2024, State Senator Monique Limón selected Mary as one of her honorees for Women of the Year. In 2017 The Pacific Coast Business Times recognized SEEAG and Mary as one of the Editor’s Choice Top 50 Women in Business in the nonprofit sector.
Mary Maranville