BITE SIZE POTATOES!

FARMS Advanced & Leadership Program | Kern County | Thursday, December 3rd, 2020

Field Day Partner:

Tasteful Selections

Field Day Host
Lindsey Mebane-Food Safety Manager

Summary of the Day: On Thursday, December 3rd, 2020, the Kern County FARMS Advanced and Leadership Program from McFarland High School had a zoom field day with Tasteful selections. Tasteful Selections began with multi-generational potato farmers. They then took the opportunity to expand the potato category to meet the needs of your busy day to day consumer for easier and convenient meals.

Today Tasteful Selections is the leader of the unique potato category. They grow bite-sized potatoes as a convenient source of nutrition and variety for everyday meals. Tasteful Selections just recently had their 10-year anniversary. They are growers, packer, and shipper of the bite-sized potatoes. They do it ALL!!!

This family farming company had one goal in mind, which was to fit busy life styles by growing bite-sized potatoes to consume and taste great! They have over one hundred varieties of potatoes with multiple colors. The process of growing the bite-sized potatoes only takes 75-90 days till they harvest them. The potatoes stay bite-sized because the growth is stopped when they harvest them. Bite-sized potatoes are a vegetable packed full of nutritional powers! They include Vitamin C, B6, Iron, Protein and provide more Potassium than a banana. These potatoes are gluten free, high in fiber and rich in minerals with no additives or GMOs. Tasteful Selections products are located in over 1500+ retail stores across the country. 

GRIMMWAY FARMS

FARMS Advanced & Leadership Program | Kern County |Wednesday, November 18th, 2020

Field Day Partner:

Grimmway Farms

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!

Perfection Pet Foods

FARMS Leadership Program | Kern County | Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Location of Field Day:
Perfection Pet Foods- 1111 N Miller Park Ct, Visalia, CA 93291

Field Day Host
Kendre Wise
Marco Mendza
Deshon Young
Janelle Martinez

Summary of the Day: On Tuesday, February 25, 2020 the Kern County FARMS Leadership Program from McFarland High school went on a field trip to Perfection Pet Foods in Visalia, CA. We were so thrilled to find out how our pet’s food is properly made and all the steps to making the perfect pet food. Perfection Pet Foods has been around for eight years. Western Milling is the parent company to Perfection Pet Foods. Perfection Pet foods makes sure that each bag of food or box of treats has the ingredients to meet the requirements our pets need.

We first started off the tour meeting with the staff of Perfection Pet Foods. They gave us a presentation on what we would be seeing throughout our tour of the facility. There are many regulations and rules they must follow in making the perfect pet food. They must make sure that all their pet food is safe to eat and unharmful to pets and humans. 

We started the tour by suiting up in gear required to wear while touring the facility. We were ready to work! We began the tour working backwards with the finish product first and ending with the raw material. It was amazing to see rows and rows of so many pallets stacked high waiting to go out to deliver. They have thousands and thousands of pounds of food in their warehouse. The process is so fast in which they package the dog food. Making sure each seal is complete is crucial on making sure the food stays as fresh as possible. The food also goes through a metal detector to make sure no foreign objects have entered the bags so our pets are guaranteed safe products. 

Ready to go to work!

We watched the raw material being pushed through the extruder. Imagine Play-Doh as a kid. The extruder is the cookie cutter for the pet food. They come in all shapes and sizes such as bones, stars, circles and triangles. The food then falls out into the shape desired and then gets cooked to perfection. It then is cooled and sent onto the packaging process.

We were also able to see the biscuit factory. It smelt amazing! It was so tempting to sample one. They smelt like cookies and cooked to perfection. The biscuits came in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Fun Fact: They mentioned most variety pack of biscuits that differ in color are most likely all the same flavor. So therefore, if your pet prefers the savory red beef one he could just like the red color more so than the other colors offered. They to also have different varieties of cut outs based on customers preferences.

 This was such an amazing tour. It was a real eye opener to the process that takes place when creating our pet’s food. Perfection Pet Food puts in hard work and effort for every one of their products produced. Thank you so much for letting us be a part of this amazing day!