FARMS Advanced & Leadership Program | Kern County |Wednesday, November 18th, 2020
Field Day Partner:
Field Day Host Jeff Huckaby- President Kayla Rivera-Financial Analyst
Summary of the Day: On Wednesday, November 18th, 2020, the Kern County FARMS Advanced & Leadership Program from McFarland High School had a Zoom field day with Grimmway Farms. The day before, the students were hand delivered kits from Grimmway that consisted of a variety of their fresh produce including their number one product carrots. They were also given a swag bag which included Grimmway hats, lanyard, notebook and more!
As the students joined the meetings, they were being introduced to our Hosts Jeff Huckaby and Kayla Rivera. As we began, we started off talking about the history of the company. Grimmway Farms is Family owned and headquartered in Bakersfield, California. Grimmway Farms traces its roots to a produce stand opened by the Grimm brothers in early 1960s. Grimmway is a global leader and the world’s largest producer of carrots, and also supplies more than 65 organic USA grown crops year-round. Grimmway is committed to caring customers, honoring sustainable practices and preserving natural resources for future generations.
They migrate across regions that allows them to grow products every day of the year. They are proud to grow 100% of their produce in the USA.
The students began to ask about internships and future job positions for later on after high school. They were very excited about this field day hearing about all the different type of careers that take part in making Grimmway the successful company they are today. We had a great field day with Grimmway we learned so much!
FARMS Advanced Program | Kern County | Thursday, November 12th, 2020
Field Day Partner: AC Foods/AC Farming
Field Day Host Priscila Reuland- Project Coordinator Bryce Chudy- Chief Agronomist
Summary of the Day: On Thursday, November 12th, 2020, the Kern County FARMS Advanced Program from McFarland High School had a Zoom field day with AC Foods. The day before the field day, students were hand delivered kits from AC Foods that consisted of a variety of their green and red holiday grapes. Students were also given a refractometer which they used during the live meeting with the Chief Agronomist.
As the students joined the meetings, they were being introduced to our hosts Bryce Chudy and Priscila Reuland. We talked about Columbine Vineyard, AC Foods sister company. We discussed the Refractometer which is the tool used to measure the sugar content in the grapes.
The higher the number the higher the sugar content in the grape. Each variety has its own measurement, such as a red grape will have a higher sugar content than your green grapes. The measuring of sugar content in all fruit is very important. It helps determine the correct time to harvest the fruit for consumption. It was a great informational field day!!
FARMS Advanced Program | Kern County | Thursday, February 27, 2020
Location of Field Day: Red House Beef 649 Enos Ln Bakersfield, CA 93314
Field Day Host Maddie Herndon- Ranch Manager Debbie Wise- Owner
Summary of the Day: On Thursday, February 27, 2020, the Kern County FARMS Advanced Program from McFarland High School visited Redhouse Beef. We started off the day meeting with their herd manager Maddie Herndon. Maddie started off the tour by telling us the history of the company and when it began. Next, she explained all the different breeds of cattle and described each of their breed characteristics. The majority of their herd is Angus and Red Angus cattle. These two breeds are known for being the best for meat production. We learned a lot about the marbling of meat which is the fat and gives meat a lot of its flavor. We then met with the owner Debbie Wise who explained more about the beef side of the company. Debbie has a lot of knowledge about the agriculture industry and it was very interesting listening to all she had to say.
We then moved onto the grass-fed chickens they raise at Redhouse. The hens are rotated throughout the pasture along with the chicken coop on wheels. It is very impressive. These Red House hens were so pampered living a fat and happy life. There where different varieties of chickens which means they lay different colored eggs. The girls graze on bugs, clover, and grass that make their yolks a bright orange color. Everyone loved them so much that we had to take a picture with them!
Finally, we walked the orchards to look at the almond trees. They were blooming so it was great to see them in this stage. About 20% of the flowers you see on the almond trees will then turn into almonds. The weather plays a huge role in the production of the almond’s trees. Too much chill can knock off the blooms and set them back. A crucial step is the pollination of the trees. Honey bees play a major role with around 80% of the United States crop depending on them for pollination. All bees in the colony have their own jobs. We talked a little about the jobs and how crucial each bee is to the colony. The bee colonies consist of a single queen bee, hundreds of male’s drones and 20,000 plus female worker bees. It was amazing to hear how a small creature has such an important job and how their hive works.
This was an informative experience and we are grateful for our amazing hosts at Redhouse Beef. Thank you! We look forward to our next visit!