FARMS Leadership | San Joaquin x Sacramento Valley | Friday, May 14, 2021
Location(s) of Field Day: Lange Twins Vineyard — Acampo, CA
Field Day Host(s) and Mentor(s): Aaron Lange — VP, Vineyard Operations Alex Farber — Winemaker Shakib Ali — Manager, Bottling Line Patty Vega — Director, Human Resources Kendra Lange — Director, Marketing
The Sacramento Valley and San Joaquin FARMS Leadership Program concludes with a final double-header event featuring Lange Twins Vineyard of Acampo, CA. Arron Lange, fifth-generation San Joaquin farmer and VP of Vineyard Operations, hosts our Virtual Field Day. Featuring pre-recorded interviews with Lange Twins Vineyard staff members, FARMS students receive insight into many of the behind-the-scenes operations at Lange Twins Vineyard. Careers in marketing to winemaking, manufacturing to human resources are explored in this expansive look into the collection of talent and expertise that is required to maintain and grow a successful, multi-generational, Ag-business. As this year’s program is unprecedented, reflective of a year full of challenges, I felt it best to cap this event with a good surprise and rewards for FARMS Leadership students’ commitment and perseverance; Kits for this Field Day include an Aloe plant, personal ‘thank you’, organic seed packet, Certificate of Completion for the 2020/2021 FARMS Leadership Program, and a Leadership session dedicated to a student-led reflection of the year.
FARMS Leadership | Sacramento Valley x San Joaquin | Friday, April 23, 2021
Location(s) of Field Day: Bayer Woodland — Woodland, CA
Field Day Host(s) and Mentor(s): Lisa McDaniel — Head of Global Outreach & Engagement, Vegetables R&D Dr. Chow-Ming Lee — Consumer Sensory Lead Scientist Kyla Johnson — Green House Manager, Specialty Crops Paola Pomeroy — Production Research Associate Pam Dickerson — Outreach Coordinator Ruby Asoro — Video Editor
Summary of the Day: The Sacramento Valley x San Joaquin Field Day and Leadership Lesson with Bayer Woodland began with introductions and a brief summary of the e-tinerary with the Head of Global Outreach & Engagement, Lisa McDaniel. Following the virtual tour of bringing new seed varieties to market and Tomato-traits Bingo with Dr. Yummy, the Career Panel Q&A features a variety of the contributing ‘research to market’ Bayer professionals. Though no longer directly in the ‘research to market’ process, our primary host, Lisa gives our FARMS students a bit about her background and personal journey. As Lisa is now well-established in her career, as a high school student and Cal Berkeley graduate, Lisa’s path was not always so clear. In fact, her extensive history with Bayer didn’t actually begin within Bayer at all; starting with a small Woodland-based seed company, Lisa worked her way up from Administrative Assistant to a position in Communications. And after multiple mergers, Lisa found more opportunities to learn and advance her career through Finance, Operations and Site Management, and ultimately, found her greatest calling in Outreach and Engagement. This well-rounded diversity of professional experience highlights the importance of how expansive immersion leads to unforeseen opportunities and even roles in leadership. This is true for the sum of the Bayer Career Panel professionals and proves that all experience is good experience. Hand-On Learning Kits for the Bayer Field Day include a tomato flavor and texture wheel, first-aid kit, cold-reactive Bayer cups, Bayer mints, and Bayer tomato starts (perfect for harvesting before a July 4th BBQ)!
FARMS Leadership | San Joaquin | Friday, April 2nd, 2021
Location(s) of Field Day: CAL-Waste – Galt, CA
Field Day Host(s) and Mentor(s): Leesa Klotz – Education Coordinator
Summary of the Day: This San Joaquin FARMS Field Day and Leadership Lesson begins with a historical tour of garbage and waste management in the United States. Beginning with the New York Department of Street Cleaning in 1881, America’s history of sanitation and waste management is actually much newer than many would believe. Our host, Lisa Klotz, guides us through a Virtual Tour of the operations at CAL-Waste and emphasizes, the Moby Duck Spill, the importance of being a conscious consumer, the amount of plastics in the average human diet, and the ways CAL-Waste is doing its part to preserve our planet.
This event concludes with a Leadership Lesson that focuses on FARMS students’ professional development. FARMS students complete a free “16Personalities” personality test, the U.S. Department of Labor’s “CareerOneStop” Interest Assessment, and use the inventory of their proficiencies to deduce their potentials for presented career paths.
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