The Big Orange

FARMS Leadership | Central Valley | February  15, 2022

Location of Field Day:
Citri Care – 43294 Road 120, Orosi CA 93647

Participating Schools:
Sunnyside High School, McLane High School, Kerman High School , Firebaugh High School, and Patino High School

Field Day Hosts and Mentors:
Katy Miller – Office Manager

Theme: Leadership-Hard and Soft Skills, Food Production and Consumer Science

Summary of the Day:  On Tuesday, February 15th, students from the Central Valley Central FARMS Leadership Program received a tour of family-owned and operated agricultural business, Citri-Care.

FARMS leadership students began the day developing their community and leadership skills through a team-building activity and a soft skills vs. hard skills activity. This gave students experience on effectively managing a project and learning how people can bring different skills to a group.

Katy Miller, the Office Manager, spoke to the students about her background in agriculture, the varieties grown and sold at Citri-Care, and offered advice to the students. She highlighted how temperature, light, water, air, and nutrients affect citrus plants’ growth.

Katy then gave students a farm tour of the citrus and exotic citrus varieties grown at Citri-Care. Students were able to analyze and taste different citrus varieties such as Mandarinquats, Limequats, Calamondins, Blood Oranges, Pink Lemons, Minneola Tangelos, Lemonade Lemons, and more! They also got to see Buddha’s Hand citron and Australian Finger Limes grown on trees.

Buddha’s Hand Citron
They smell so delicious and can be used as a garnish!
Australian Finger Limes
Cut open a finger lime and little lime beadlets flow out and look like caviar, but with a citrus POP!

At the end of their farm tour, Katy allowed the students to pick and take home their favorite varieties to share with their friends and families. The day closed with a delicious lunch provided by Citri-Care staff and more citrus tasting! FARMS Leadership wants to thank Katie again for the educational and hands-on tour. Be sure to visit The Big Orange https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Big-Orange/118342878239222.

Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice Coming Up!

FARMS Leadership – Central Valley – April 19, 2021
Location: Fresno State, Fresno, CA

A group of Fresno State business students were able to give the FARMS students a virtual presentation about citrus with a main focus on juicing oranges. Students were able to learn about how citrus is grown in Fresno, popular varieties, harvest times, and most fun the juicing process. At the tour it was an industrial sized juicer in use but the students were able to juice 5 oranges with their at home kits and could compare their fresh juice to the sample of bottled juice in their kit. The virtual tour ended with some questions and answers that the FARMS students could ask the Fresno students not only about citrus but also about college life at Fresno State.

Citrus, Chicken & Organic Farming

FARMS Leadership | Central Valley Central | Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Location of Field Day:
Peterson Family Farm
38694 Road 16, Kingsburg CA 93631

Field Day Host(s) and Mentors:
Vernon Peterson, Owner

Theme: Citrus, Chickens & Organic Farming

Our day started off with a tour of the Petersons Citrus Packing House, where students rotated between Quality Control, Administration, Security and Loading. The students rotated between the 4 jobs for about 30 minutes each. In quality control, students learned how to test the citrus to the specifications for sale in each category. In the admin office, students learned how billing, receiving and distribution works. At some points, the packing shed runs 24 hours a day. In the security office, students learned how to keep the machines running and that the employees were carefully completing the tasks at hand. Finally, students help load and keep track and pack the pallets that went onto the trucks and out to the stores.

Next, Mr. Peterson took us to his family’s chicken ranch. He showed the students how quickly the chickens grew and how his employees cared for the chickens and the houses they lived in. He showed us how technology-based their houses were as they continuously kept a temperature of about 70-90 degrees depending on how old the chickens were.

Finally, we ended the day with lunch and an ice cream treat in Kingsburg.

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