FARMS Leadership| Tehama County | January 17, 2019
Location of Field Day Red Bluff, CA
Participating High Schools Red Bluff High School Los Molinos High School Corning High School Mercy High School
Field Day Host Kari Dodd, Tehama County Farm Bureau Manager
Theme CAP Planning
Summary of the Day: Students started the morning with a fun activity of building student bio books. It was a great way to start the year by digging into self awareness as well as setting some SMART goals. Throughout the activity all the students wrote and illustrated 3 topics: Where did I come from? Who am I today? Where am I going? Lastly we set a SMART goal for the year. To finish this activity off, we went around the room and practiced our public speaking by presenting our books to the group. Public speaking is such an important skill that can never be over practiced.
Kari Dodd, Farm Bureau Manager, then did a wonderful presentation about Farm Bureau. It was great to open the student’s eyes as to what an important role Farm Bureau plays for our local farmers, as well as consumers and have some discussion about what a “grassroots” business is. She then had the students do an activity thinking about their strengths, and weaknesses.
To wrap up the day, each school designed a dream board as to what they want their Community Action Project to be. It was a fun way to get a jump on an important aspect of our FARMS Leadership program and being sure that we are making an impact in our local communities.
FARMS Leadership| Tehama County | December 7, 2018
Location of Field Day: Los Molinos, CA
Participating High Schools: Los Molinos High, Mercy High, Red Bluff High, Corning High
Field Day Host: Los Molinos High School
Participating Partners: Shasta Junior College Welding Department Principal Miguel Barriga, Los Molinos High School Becky Roe, Sierra Pacific Industries, A&R Custom Butchering
Theme: Ag. Mechanics, Interview Preparation
Summary of the Day: Calling all mechanics, welders, fabricators, and computer geeks!! This day was one for the books. While holding field days at our high schools is not the norm, we were excited for Tehama County’s FARMS Leadership students to get the true hands-on experience with local industry in the various ag mechanics fields that we highlighted: welding, heavy equipment operating, computer programming, laser engraving, and job interview preparedness.
Shasta College sent two of their top students to teach our FARMS Leadership group the art and skills required to become a welder. Many of our students had never had this opportunity before, so using Los Molinos’ individual welding bays was a safe and fun way to experience this! Safety was key to this day, and as a group, we received a detailed safety presentation from Michael Kling, the Los Molinos Ag Instructor before any activities started.
“I learned that lifting the arc makes the puddle wider and also makes it hotter.” – Forrest Powell, Los Molinos High School
For those students whose interest is peaked by heavy equipment operation, they were able to get hands-on by driving a front end loader through a course of barrels and even test their backing skills. Gabe Harris, a FARMS Advanced student, gave each student a lesson in the safe, proper operation of the equipment. It was such fun to see the expressions from those who had never driven a tractor before. Memories were surely made!
“I had a lot of fun driving the tractor!” – Hannah Endres, Corning High School
Those students who are interested in computer programming and art or design loved the rotation where they were introduced to a laser engraver and how it can be used in conjunction with computer design to create some awesome pieces. Each school was able to create a design on the computer, their school name with the FARMS Leadership logo that was then engraved on a wooden sign. It was amazing how precise the engraver was. Every detail was transferred from the computer design to the finished product.
“I learned how to use a laser table and found out it produces very intricate and detailed art work. They can be used on glass, wood, metal and leather!”
Itzel Favela, Red Bluff High School
While it is always fun exploring careers in agriculture, the next step to explore and learn the necessary skills for is… How do I get a job? What does an interview look like? Mrs. Becky Roe from Sierra Pacific Industries joined us to help teach these skills. She led an open discussion with the students encouraging questions about how to fill out an application, the important part of your resume and cover letter, and they participated in a role-play activity showing students how to act and the importance of your first impression when you are called in for an interview. Each student gained the knowledge of how to properly dress, shake hands, speak, and that it is ok to ask questions.
“I learned that your social media can effect your job.” – Kylee McCormick, Corning High School
Special Thank You to A&R Custom Butchering for donating all the tri-tip for our lunch!
FARMS Leadership| Tehama County | November 6, 2018
Location of Field Day:
Field Day Host:
Sierra Pacific Industries – Becky Roe and Kristy Lanham
Bill Carol, Joe Puentes, Christina Max, Jeff Jackman, Jim Hansen
Technology and Manufacturing
Summary of the Day:
After such a severe wildfire year in CA, it was very fitting to visit Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI) and learn from one of the leaders in the logging and lumber industry what really happens to all those burnt trees after a major forest fire such as the Carr Fire.
Spending our day at SPI Richfield we were exposed to two different processing facilities: their remanufacturing plant and one of their millwork plants. Students broke up into two groups and had to opportunity to tour one of the plants and then did a speaking activity by presenting to the other group as well as SPI staff what they learned, careers they saw and what their favorite part was. Learning skills such as public speaking, preparing a presentation in a short amount of time, as well as how to collaborate with other students are all an important part of our FARMS Field Days. Some of the key things they learned exploring the facilities were:
“The wood in the Millwork was cut into small pieces and glued back together to form bigger pieces, then they press the wood to keep it’s form.” – Melanie Flores, Orland High School Student
“Some of the jobs in the Reman facility are: chain pullers, banding, optimizer operator, and forklift driver.” -Zach Skaggs, Red Bluff High School Student
SPI and Red Emmerson are the largest private land owner with over 2 million acres of land between California and Washington. Therefore, they have very detailed processes and procedures for how they handle their land after a wildfire has roared through. Joe Puentes, one of their lead foresters, gave a wonderful presentation on the importance forest management and how they manage their forests differently being a private company versus a government agency as well as the extreme urgency of time to replant the forests and restore the environmental balance as quickly as possible.
“After a fire they replant double to amount of trees.” – Clayton Cox, Corning High School Student
” 12,000 trees a day can be planted for a crew of 12 laborers!” – Forrest Powell, Los Molinos High School