Nuts in the North State

FARMS Leadership | Tehama, North State, and Kern| April 21, 2021

Field Day Host(s) and Mentors  Andersen and Sons Shelling: Vina, CA Karen Gundersen, Grower Relations Manager Kristin Coley, Food Safety and Marketing Jennifer Williams, Marketing Director with California Walnut Board and Commission

Hands-On Kit Components Variety ID Worksheet, 5 different walnut varietals, In shell walnuts for cracking and grading, Kernel Defects information sheet. Small mallet for cracking nuts.

Theme
Walnuts and Processing

Summary of the Day  This field day hosted by Andersen and Sons Shelling was extra special with Jennifer Williams with the California Walnut Board and Commission joining us. She started off the day by introducing herself and the California Walnut Board to the students and explaining the important role they play for all those involved in producing and processing walnuts. We then jumped into watching a wonderful video about Andersen and Sons as a company which gave the students a good overview of what to expect as Karen Gundersen and Kristin Coley took us on a LIVE tour of the HUGE and expanding facility in Vina, CA. Students were able to see everything from walnuts being cracked and sorted, to grading, and finally to the packing line where local walnuts were going into retail packages with large retail names on them! So cool!!

Along the way, we discussed the many career opportunities that Andersen and Sons offers. Many of which require only a high school diploma, however if students have an interest in exploring high education they learned about careers that needed a certificate as well as those which need a 4 year degree to hold. To wrap up the day, Karen did a fun and interactive walnut variety identification activity using the hands on kits each student had received prior to the field day. Who knew there were so many different varieties of walnuts?! Students then were encouraged to use the guide they were given to crack and sort the in shell walnuts they received to see what kind of work goes into deciding what a farmer get paid for his walnuts.

We couldn’t be more thankful for partners like Andersen and Sons and the support we get from the Walnut Board to help educate our youth on the importance of not only where our food comes from, but how much work goes into getting it from the orchard to your trail mix or granola.

If you would like to join in on this field day…click HERE!

Plans After Highschool?

FARMS Leadership | Tehama & North State | March 16, 2021

Field Day Host(s) and Mentors Shasta College Agriculture – Dr. Audra Harl Horticulture – Leimone Waite Forestry/Natural Resources – Melissa Markee Heavy Equipment/Logging – John Livingston & Rick Boontjer Truck Driving – Clancy Mitchell Diesel Technology – Ray Nicholas & Ishmael Rivas Industrial Technology/Welding – Rick Osbrink & Jay Davis

Hands-On Kit Components Tomato Plant Seedling, Pot to transplant into, Soil

Theme
College Exploration

Summary of the Day  With the current pandemic in place, many students have not had the opportunity to get out and explore their college options for after they graduate. While this is especially important to juniors and seniors, the more exposure to higher education and what exactly that means the better chance our students have to make an educated decision on which path they plan to take when it’s time. Shasta College supplied a 2 hour information packed virtual field day where students “toured” 7 different departments from Agriculture to Forestry to Heavy Equipment, to Welding and everything in between. We then used our hands on kits which were graciously supplied by the Horticulture Department and the students were able to transplant their tomato seedling and learn about the root structure of a tomato compared to other plants as well as a little bit about the varieties they were planting. To wrap up the day Shasta Colleges Ag Leadership Students joined us LIVE to talk to the FARMS Leadership kids about life on campus and what being a college student really looked like. Finally all the departments that had been showcased at the beginning of the field day were available LIVE for the students to ask questions to. Thank you Shasta College for rocking it and giving a fabulous field day even on a virtual platform. Click HERE to watch the recorded field day!

Regional Highlight with Sierra Pacific Industries

FARMS Leadership | Tehama & North State | March 3, 2021

Field Day Host(s) and Mentors
Katie Luther, Communications and Workforce Development Khris Rulon, Forester Kevin Roberts, Wildlife Program Manager Len Linstrand, Botany Program Manager

Theme
Forestry and Natural Resources

Summary of the Day  California has been experiencing some of the most horrific wildfire seasons in it’s history over the past few years, so it was very fitting to highlight Sierra Pacific Industries who is a leader in the forestry industry. They set standards from forest management, to managing the wildlife and botany that inhabit our forests, all the way to harvesting and recovering as much viable timber after a catastrophic forest fire. Join us in hearing from three experts in their fields when they talk about not only what they do, but the job opportunities for those interested and answer questions that relate to logging, wildlife, plants, and fire!