FARMS Leadership | Central Valley North | Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Location of Field Day: California Department of Fish & WildLife – San Joaquin Hatchery – 17372 Brook Trout Drive, Friant, CA 93626
Field Day Host(s) and Mentors: William Branch Cheryl Moxley Brian Erlandsen
Theme: Aquaculture and Natural Resources
Summary of the Day: Students from LeGrand High School, Madera South High School and Firebaugh High School met on Wednesday, December 11th at The San Joaquin Hatchery of California Department of Fish & Wildlife. Students met and practiced an introduction and thank you practice for use in the day for introducing our hosts. Students also learned about the end of the year Community Action Project they would need to complete as a requirement of the FARMS Leadership Program. The Community Action Project is any project undertaken by students that applies the skills and knowledge attained throughout the program to address problems or concerns in the students’ own communities. Students will present what they have contributed to their communities during the last field day in April. Next, we were joined by Cheryl Moxley who runs the FINS Program. The FINS Program is an interpretive nature trail designed to teach children the life cycle of trout. Given the slightly older nature of our group, she covered other more age-appropriate information such as native plants, grant funding information, and interpretive design. Next, students rotated between two programs with lunch provided by FARMS to split up these two rotations. The first was SCARF: A salmon restoration project for the San Joaquin River. This covered topics such as conservation, endangered species, and the science behind genetic matrix and testing. Followed by SJH: The hatchery itself, where we discussed what it takes to raise fish, plant it out, and deal with such things as water quality, biosecurity, and fish health. At the end of the day, students presented thank you’s to all of our hosts. We had a really enjoyable hands-on day. We were very impressed with what the state of California does for our natural resources. Thank you again, William, Cherly, Brian and your entire team.
FARMS Leadership | Central Valley Central | Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Location of Field Day: Kaweah Delta Water Conservation District – 2975 Farmersville Rd, Farmersville, CA 93223
Field Day Host(s) and Mentors: Shane Smith – Kaweah Delta Water Conservation District, Project-Administrative Manager
Theme: California’s Water & Natural Resources
Summary of the Day: On Wednesday, September 13, 2019, the Central Valley Central FARMS Leadership students from Patino High School, Sunnyside High School, Kerman High School and Reedley High School met at the Kaweah Delta Water Conservation District. Students participated in a few Leadership activities in interviewing and introducing each other in practice and preparation of introducing our field day hosts. Shane Smith, Project-Administrative Manager with the KDWCD met with the students at the home office and shared a short powerpoint presentation with the students on why the dam was built. Mr. Smith also presented the Kaweah Delta Water Operations, What the district does, Groundwater Recharge, Stormwater Layoff and storage facilities. The group caravaned to the US Army Corps of Engineer office at the Dam. While here Mr. Smith also explained the importance of irrigation and Fuse Gates known as Tipping Buckets and Flood Control Activities. Students were able to walk down and see the 6 – 1 million pound tipping buckets up close. After lunch students spent time asking final questions about the day. We all enjoyed our visit to the Dam!
Summary of the Day: On Tuesday, October 15th, students from the Central Valley Central FARMS Leadership Program stepped out of the classroom in their first field day of the year. Students started off the day with leadership activities in introducing each other that would, in turn, give students experience when presenting the field day hosts and speakers. Katy Miller then spoke to the students about Citra Care and how they started growing the “Mega Kiwi”. We learned that Kliewer Packing has a genetic patent and has hired Citri Care to grow this amazing fruit. After this short talk, Mrs. Miller took us to the canopy field where the kiwi was being grown. Students were able to see the Mega Kiwi being grown and had the opportunity to pick one Mega fruit and compare it to a regular size kiwi fruit. Students were then treated to a lovely lunch at Martha’s in Orosi CA. After lunch, we met with Jerin Kliewer of Kliewer Packing. Mr. Kliewer showed the students the packing process from the trucks to the packaging.
FARMS Leadership Program: Sacramento Valley: February 21st,
Location of Field Day: Davis, CA
Field Day Host(s) and Mentors:
Dan Sehnert – Department of Animal Science
Ed DePeters – UC Davis Professor and Master
Advisor for Animal Science major’s
Katharina Ullman – Director of UC Davis Student
Theme: College and Career Exploration
Summary of the Day:
Dan Sehnert, the UC Davis Department of Animal Science
Facilities Coordinator, welcomed the Sacramento Valley FARMS Leadership students
to UC Davis. The students were then split up into 4 groups and toured the Dairy
Cattle Facility, Horse Facility, Avian Hatchery, and the Meats Lab. At the
dairy the students were able to assist in treating a sick cow, see new born
calves, and help UC Davis student employees vaccinate. At the horse facility
the students were given a tour and learned about the different ways in which
horses are studied at UC Davis. Afterwards the students were given the
opportunity to groom the horse’s as well as see a week old foal that was bred
and born at the facility. At the hatchery student’s learned how to candle eggs
and were able to see different varieties of birds at different stages of
incubation. The final facility the students visited was the Meats Lab. Students
were given a tour, the different processing practices used to process cattle,
hogs and lambs were discussed and the students were able to sample some beef jerky
and snack sticks that the Meats Lab produced.
After the facility tours we all met back at the UC Davis
Cole Facility where Dr. Ed DePeter’s joined us. He discussed with the FARMS
Leadership students the college experience. Dr. DePeter’s is a professor at UC
Davis and went over the different classes and opportunities that both UC Davis
and the Animal Science Department offer. After our visit with Dr. DePeter’s we
headed to campus where the students had the opportunity to dine like a college
student at Tecero Student Dining Hall.
We concluded our day at the Student Farm and Market Garden.
Katharina Ullman, the Director of the Student Farm, welcomed us and gave the students
a tour. The students were able to learn about the different crops and herbs
grown at the Student Farm as well as see the Market Garden and learn about the
CSA program that UC Davis students implement.
FARMS Leadership Student Quotes:
“I had a lot of fun learning about the background and
specifics that go into horse breeding!” – Melina C.
“I really enjoyed working with the calves and getting to
help vaccinate them!” – Tyler R.