Program: FARMS Leadership Region:
Sacramento Valley: January 29th, 2019
Location of Field Day:
Field Day Host(s) and
Jo Cowan – Raptor Center Volunteer
Lis Fleming – Raptor Center Volunteer
Jolene Maiden – Raptor Center Volunteer
Brittany Cavaletto – Goat Facilities Manager
Conservation, and Ecology
Summary of the Day:
The Sac Valley FARMS
Leadership Students had a great time learning about conservation and
maintaining the natural habitat for wildlife to thrive at the California Raptor
Center. Jo Cowan hosted us at the California Raptor Center and we began our day
in their classroom learning about the different raptors native to California,
how they benefit us, and how we can help protect their environment and ensure
they can survive. After gaining a better understanding of raptors, the students
split into 3 groups and toured the facility, visited the raptor center museum,
and were able to see different species of raptors up close. The students had a
very unique and awesome opportunity to learn about raptors and their impact on
agriculture up close and personal. In the first portion of the day we learned
about different raptors native to California. Then we learned the vital roles
each one plays in agriculture and how farms and ranches can benefit from them.
Once we concluded our tour we took a lunch break where the
students were able to take pictures with one of the raptors and also help feed
a bottle baby goat. Then after lunch we headed next door to the UC Davis Goat
Facility. Brittany Cavaletto, the Facilities Manager, took us on a tour where
the students were able to see the two different herds at Davis. They have a
herd of dairy goats and a herd of Boer goats, which are a breed of meat goats.
The students were able to walk thru the milking parlor and see the construction
of the new dairy that they are building. They also were able to help the
student employees vaccinate some of the baby goats in the barn.
FARMS Leadership Program: San Joaquin: November 29th, 2018
Location: Lockeford, CA
Field Day Host(s) and Mentors:
Matthew Bronson, PMC Farm Manager
Theme: Ecology and Habitat Conservation
Summary of the Day:
The San Joaquin FARMS Leadership Students had no intentions of letting a little rain stop them from learning about Ecology and Habitat Conservation at the Plant Material Center (PMC) in Lockeford, Ca. Although our plans did change due to the rain and heavy winds that rolled in, we had a fun filled day learning a lot about what happens in the daily operations at the Natural Resource Center. The day started out with a tour of the facilities led by Matthew Bronson the Farm Manager at the PMC. The students were able to see and learn about the different equipment used, tractors, and even were able to walk through the seed library where numerous amounts of native California plant seeds are stored.
After Matthew’s tour the students gathered in the PMC’s office meeting room where they were broken up into groups to team project. The Project they all worked on was to draft a landscape at the PMC using a variety of different native plants. The students were given a list of native plants as well as books and information on each plant so that they could design the landscape of an actual area of land that the PMC has that needs to be re-planted. Once the groups finished their designs we took a lunch break.
Following our lunch break Margaret Smither-Kopperl took over to discuss the different plants the students chose. She then gave us a tour of the property where the students were able to see examples of the plants they chose and take cuttings from each plant along the way. Once each group had a handful of cuttings from the plants the chose they were able to work with Matthew and Margaret to prep the cuttings and plant them into the green house so that the PMC could utilize them in the landscape that the students designed.