Urban, Free-Range, and Organic

FARMS Leadership | San Joaquin | October 30, 2020

Location(s) of Field Day:
Boggs Tract Community Farm – 466 S Ventura Ave Stockton, CA 95203

Field Day Host(s) and Mentors:
Kenda Templeton – Executive Director
Clifton Maxwell – Farm Manager
Bethany Spangler – Office Assistant
Alison Calkins – Farm Apprentice
Ernay Nino – Volunteer Coordinator
Jessica Bryant – Owner, Corn Poppy Produce & P.U.E.N.T.E.S. Land Lesee
George Dale – Owner, Honeydale Beekeeping & Resident Beekeeper

Theme:
Urban Farming, Nutrition Education and Advocacy

Summary of the Day:
The San Joaquin region’s FARMS Leadership class began the 2020-2021 program with a (Virtual) Field Day that ensures the health and safety of students, teachers, and partners. The FARMS Leadership team developed the distanced-learning model to prevail through constraints of social-distancing practices as necessitated by the Coronavirus pandemic. Attendees from Langston Hughes Aspire Academy, Health Careers Academy High School, and Historic Durham Ferry Academy joined the Zoom webinar with Farm Manager Clifton Maxwell and Bethany Spangler and were brought on a virtual tour of P.U.E.N.T.E.S. programs at Boggs Tract Community Farm. The P.U.E.N.T.E.S. Program, an abbreviation for Promotores Unidas Para La Educacion Nacional Technologias Sostenibles (roughly translated: United Promoters for National Sustainable Technologies Education), empowers urban families to learn about nutritional value, cultivate healthier foods, and even pursue entrepreneurship via leasing a planter box and selling the harvest. FARMS Leadership students were provided Hands-On Learning Kits that included: two sticks local honey (complements of Honeydale Beekeeping), a planter pot, apricot pits, coriander (cilantro) seeds, and a 50/50 mix of local and organic composts courtesy of the P.U.E.N.T.E.S. program and City of Stockton.


For more information or to view October’s Field Day, ‘click’ the YouTube link below:

Red, Green, or Yellow, which flavor is for you?

Check out the kiwi kits that went home with the students to try. The kit include the three varieties of kiwi; golden red, golden yellow and traditional green.

Location of Field Day:
Phillips Farms – Visalia, CA

Field Day Hosts:
Doug Phillips – CEO
Dave Phillips – Field Manager

October 20, 2020 was a very exciting day as the FARMS Leadership students from the Central Valley Region attended their first virtual field day of the year! They had the opportunity to see Phillips Farms in Visalia where they witnessed kiwi fruit harvesting and packing. Not many knew that kiwis actually grow on vines and come in some beautiful varieties; golden red, traditional green, and golden yellow. After watching the harvesting crew go through the vines the group then saw the packing house process and Phillips Farms was kind enough to send home the three varieties of kiwis they pack with each student to taste. It was a great experience to start off the virtual field day tours.

Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle!

Cal Waste Recovery Systems and the California Department of Food and Agriculture

FARMS Leadership Program: San Joaquin: November 19, 2019

Location of Field Day: Galt, CA

Field Day Host(s) and Mentors:
Dave Vaccarezza – Owner of Cal Waste
MaryBeth Ospital – Community Outreach Coordinator at Cal Waste
Chris Vicense – Equipment Manager at Cal Waste
Dr. Kevin Williams – Senior Insect Biosystematist at the California Department of Food and Agriculture
Dr. Peter Kerr – Senior Insect Biosystematist at the California Department of Food and Agriculture

Theme: Environmental Science

Summary of the Day:

We began our field day with an introduction to Cal Waste from MaryBeth Ospital. She told the group about the history of the company. Cal Waste is a family owned business who just welcomed the 5th generation into the world a couple weeks ago. Cal Waste is also the largest, locally-owned waste collection and material recovery operation in the region, providing residential, commercial and industrial services to areas throughout Sacramento, Calaveras, Alpine and San Joaquin Counties.

We began our day in the Outreach and Education room at Cal Waste and on the far side of the room was a large window that over looked the MRF, which is the Materials Recovery Facility. This is where all of the recycling and garbage is brought in, processed, and sorted by material type. After our introduction we took a tour of the facilities. The San Joaquin FARMS Leadership students were able to get up close in personal with the trucks, the shop and even get a closer peak into the MRF which is currently be renovated and upgraded to a more technology based system. This new system will allow for the waste being processed to be more thoroughly sorted and cleaned of any contaminated materials.

After our tour we met back in the Outreach and Education room. The group was then met by Dr. Kevin Williams and Dr. Peter Kerr from the California Department of Food and Agriculture. Both Kevin and Peter work in the Plant Pest Diagnostic Center at the CDFA in Sacramento, CA. They presented on Plant Health and Pest Prevention. They also shared with the students some insect displays as well as some pest traps that they use for insect collections.

“They say a picture is like a thousand words. Well looking at a specimen is like looking at 1,000 pictures” – Dr. Kevin Williams, CDFA

After the conclusion of our CDFA presentation we took a lunch break before introducing our next guest speaker, Chris Vicense. Chris is the Equipment Manager at Cal Waste and started with the company when he was 16 years old. He has been with the company for over 25 years and was an inspiring testament to what it is like working or a family owned business. He also spoke to the students about the importance of trade schools and apprenticeships and the different opportunities in which they can get involved at Cal Waste.

Our final speaker for the day was Dave Vaccarezza the Owner of Cal Waste. He shared with the students more insight on the family history of the business and told the students how true the saying is “If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life”. With the MRF currently down for 6 weeks while it is being upgraded, there are 54 employees who are out of jobs. Rather then letting them go and trying to refill positions in 6 weeks Dave found positions as well as made new positions for all of his employees! Thank you Cal Waste for the hospitality and hosting the San Joaquin FARMS Leadership Program for a field day!