Fresno State University

Central Valley FARMS Leadership | California State University, FRESNO | 03/06/2018

Location(s) of Field Day:
California State University, Fresno

Field Day Host(s):
Michelle Perez – Counselor, Admissions and Recruitment
Dr. Avery Culbertson – Professor of Agricultural Leadership
Dr. Thompson – Professor of Dairy Curriculum & Unit/Enterprise Manager
Dr. Steven Pao – Professor and Department Chair in Food Science
Dr. Athanasios “Alex” Alexandrou – Professor of Agriculture Mechanics & Technology

Theme:
Variety of Career and College Options

Summary of the Day:
Session 1 – “True Colors in the program” Student introduced Dr. Avery Culbertson, Professor of Agriculture Leadership Student will present Thank You Dr. Culbertson will also share information about the USDA Discovery program as time permits.

Session 2 – Dairy Unit Student will introduce Dr. Kyle Thompson, Dairy Curriculum & Unit/Enterprise Manager Student will present Thank You JARC Building College and Career Questions to Professors and Students as well as Ag Ambassadors that join us for lunch. Travel to different location for next sessions

Session 3 – IT Unit – Bee Sweet Citrus Facility Student will introduce Dr. Athanasios “Alex” Alexandrou, Professor Mechanized Agriculture Student will present Thank You

Session 4 – Food Science 3 subgroups will rotate through three stations for 15 minutes each Class FFS 105, Class FFS 112, Class FFS 118; Student will introduce Dr. Steven Pao, Professor and Department Chair of Food Science and Nutrition Student will present Thank You Students will share what they learned on the different rotations and what they experienced throughout the day.

Participating Partners/Mentors:
Fresno State – Ag Leadership, Dairy Unit, Industrial Technology and Food Science

Davis Senior High School at Gilmer Farm

Participating School
Davis Senior High School

Partners/Landowners
Solano Resource Conservation District

Mentors
Nick Gallegar, NCRS Rangeland Management Specialist
Beth Hellman, UC Davis graduate student
Amanda Lindell, UCD graduate student
Laura McGowan, UCD graduate student
Ha Truong, NRCS Agricultural Engineer

Our third and final field day at Gilmer farm was a huge success both for our students and our hedgerow. After arrival, our day started off with a fun game of group juggle to get everyone moving a bit and thinking about each other’s names. Once we were all familiar, we jumped right into our plant pressing activity! Students walked along Dave Gilmer’s already established hedgerow, collecting a number of different native species as well as some invasive. Upon returning to the barn, students wrote descriptions of there plants on the back of cards and get them and the plants into our plant presses. Once those are dry and mounted, students will have their own plant pressings to take home and remember SLEWS with.

After plant pressing, everyone headed out to our hedgerow to see how many of our plants survived, as well as weed around our native plants. Students were diligent to make sure they removed as many weeds as possible without damaging their plants.

Following lunch, students had a full afternoon filled with learning activities. We began the afternoon with mentor interviews, a amazing chance for students to get to know their mentors a bit more and ask them in depth questions about their chosen field and how they got to where they are today. With interviews wrapped up, students got to encounter some wildlife in the form of our current native mammal and birds nest collection. After an initial inspection, each mentor group was assigned two animals that they got to present on to the rest of the group. To wrap up the day, students did a blind taste test with different kinds of citrus, some from the store and the rest local. After comparing the different fruit, everyone did made their best guess at which fruit was which.

We would like to thank our SLEWS mentors for enhancing the students field experience, and our gracious hosts at Gilmer Farm for engaging youth from Davis High School in their habitat restoration work.

Accomplishments
Weeding entirety of the hedgerow

“It was great to interview the mentors because it taught me it is okay to not know what I want to do for a career now, I can figure it out as my interests change.”