FARMS Leadership | North State | February 11, 2020
Field Day Locations:
Sunsweet, Yuba City
Yuba College Career Technical Education (CTE) facilities, Linda
Theme of the Day:
California Plums, Food Manufacturing,
Jobs in every field in Ag, Community college CTE opportunities
What an exciting day at Sunsweet
and Yuba College! We started with some fun teambuiling- a game of what we like
to call “duct tape octopus pictionary.” The day continued with an intro video and
presentation about Sunsweet from Jamie Dickerson, Director of Human Resources.
She explained the history of the company, some of the ways they continuously remain
the leader in the prune market, and the variety of jobs available at the Yuba
City facility for all educational backgrounds. We then got to put on lab coats
and hair nets to tour the facility! The students were pretty awe struck at all
the machines and at how many different stores and countries prunes were being
packed for and waiting for shipment! We stood in a storage room with ¼ of the
worlds demand for prunes in crates around us waiting to get packed and shipped!
After a final Q and A session with
Sunsweet employees about how to get a job there, and general advice about
working in agriculture and in the Yuba City region, we headed to Yuba College. Here,
we got a tour from CTE instructor Dan Turner and learned about the welding and
advanced manufacturing programs. The students learned that you don’t need to
have taken welding courses in High School in order to enroll in the program at
college. They also learned about what jobs the various CTE degrees and
certificates offered by Yuba College could prepare them for.
It was a fun and informative field day and we
are grateful to our hosts from Sunsweet and Yuba College for sharing their time,
facilities and wisdom with us!
Location of Field Day:
UC Davis, including California Raptor Center, Goat Barn,
Dairy Goat Parlor & Creamery, Dining Commons, and Arboretum
Field Day Hosts: CA Raptor Center and UC Davis UC Davis Animal Science Department UC Davis Arboretum & Public
Theme of the Day: Exploring unique classrooms at UC Davis while learning about animal science.
Summary: We started our day at the CA
Raptor Center at UC Davis. Here, students learned some cool facts about raptors and about the connections between raptors and agriculture. They got to tour the center and meet the resident birds. Next we walked next door to the Goat Barn and the new Dairy Goat Parlor and Creamery. Here, students got to meet dairy and meat goats, and got to tour the brand new milking parlor and creamery. Our Animal Science student and staff hosts helped everyone understand how the milking process works, how goat cheese is made, and highlighted opportunities for internships and coursework in Animal Sciences at UC Davis.
Our next stop was lunch. When on a
college campus, we like to take students to eat at the dining commons so they can experience this important aspect of student life and envision themselves as a college student. We ate at Tercero Dining Commons, where students and teachers alike enjoyed the many choices, including UC Davis Student Farm grown veggies!
Our final stop of the day was a visit to the UC Davis Arboretum. Here, we enjoyed some more of the beautiful scenery that UC Davis offers, learned that ducks should NOT eat bread, and learned about the many opportunities for UCD students to participate in internships with the Arboretum and Public Gardens. These internships exist in many topics that intersect with campus life and the outdoors, including health science, landscape design, habitat restoration, food access and wildlife conservation.
Location of Field Day:
Orchard Machinery Company, Yuba City
Field Day Hosts: Orchard Machinery Company Staff: Don Mayo, CEO Brian Anderson, Vice President Taylor Brady, Head of Engineering Isaacson, Mechanical Engineer Brian Kaufman, Parts Manager Haige Brown, Shop Manager, Rubber Finger | Valve Assembly Daryn Avalos, Component Fab Manager, Welding Lucas Skinner, Robotic Fab Manager: Robotic Welding
Summary: North State FARMS students had an impressive tour and hands on field day at Orchard Machinery Corporation. Founded in 1961, producing hydraulic tree shakers to enable a more efficient prune harvest, OMC’s tree shaker replaced time consuming and labor-intensive field work with a reliable mechanized alternative. Students were welcomed by CEO Don Mayo. Mr. Mayo has been with the company for 50 years, and has overseen the growth of the small machine shop to fully mechanized and computerized manufacturing and fabrication international organization. OMC produces tree shakers, material handling systems, transportation products and offers professional service and support in the industry.
really enjoyed the tour and hands on activities led by the many staff at the
company. They also benefited from meeting so many different people with
different jobs related to agriculture!
OMC is a new partner for CLBL and we look forward to
exposing future ag leaders to the diverse career opportunities at OMC. We are
grateful for the generous and thoughtful time OMC spent with our students!