FARMS Leadership | Monterey Santa Cruz | September 24, 2018
Hartnell College Alisal Campus – 1752 East Alisal Street, Salinas CA 93905
Industry Partners in Attendance:
Clint Cowden – Hartnell College Dean
Dennis Lane – Trical Inc.
Megan Baker – Monterey County Resource Conservation District
Theme: Welcome to FARMS Leadership 2018
Summary of the Event:
FARMS Leadership is a competitive program requiring students to apply and interview before being selected to participate. Only a handful of students are selected from each of the participating schools in Monterey and Santa Cruz County.
Everett Alvarez HS
North Salinas HS
To celebrate the students who made it into the 2018 FARMS Leadership Cohort, we have a Kick Off Party. Teachers, parents and partners are invited to meet the students and hear more about the program.
This year we started by going around the room and having everyone introduce themselves. Students shared by telling us what grade they are in, what school they attend and something that interests them. Some students confidently stood up to address the group while others sat up straight in their chairs when introducing themselves. Students demonstrated many different public speaking skills and I was impressed by their willingness to participate in front of their peers, parents, and industry professionals. Continue reading FARMS Leadership Kick Off
FARMS Leadership | Monterey & Santa Cruz | April 12, 2018
Locations of Field Day:
Food Bank – 815 W Market St. #5, Salinas CA 93901
Sun St. Transfer Station – 139 Sun Street Salinas, CA 93901
Field Day Host(s) and Mentors:
Monterey County Food Bank – Sandra Nunez
Salinas Valley Solid Waste Authority – Estela Gutierrez
Food Waste and Food Systems
Summary of the Day
Students started the day by learning about the Food Bank and what they do with the food they receive and how and where it’s distributed. Students asked engaging questions about who is receiving the free food and how they are ending hunger in the county. Students participated in a team building exercise by splitting up into groups and packing bags with non perishable items that are distributed to the individuals. Students had to work together to complete one bag and they did 300 bags all together. We ended our time at the Food Bank with a tour of the facility and saw how they process the perishable foods they receive from various agriculture companies like Taylor Farms and Tanimura and Antel. We left to have lunch at the Sun Street Transfer Station. We finished lunch and had a presentation on composting and food waste. Then Estela talked about the SVSWA Company and the history of waste in our county. We received a tour of the facility and witnessed how much trash comes into the transfer station to be taken to the landfill to live forever.
” I learned that the Japanese use a certain way of compost that doesn’t involve worms [Bokashi].” – Noel Diaz, North Salinas High School
Continue reading Monterey County Food Bank and Salinas Valley Recycles