First Field Day Fun!

Corey Shake Introduces Students to Native Plants

Davis High School at Good Humus Farms SLEWS Program | Sacramento Valley | February 8th, 2022

Location of the Field Day:
Good Humus Farms

Yolo County Resource Conservation District
Natural Resources Conservation Service
Point Blue Conservation Science
Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation
Good Humus Farms

Beth DelReal, Caring for our Watersheds Coordinator, Center for Land-Based Learning
Erna Piper, Retired Science Teacher
Corey Shake, Partner Biologist, Point Blue Conservation Science, NRCS
Josh McCabe, Restoration Coordinator, ACRT Pacific
Joaquin Pastrana, GrizzlyCorps Fellow, Yolo RCD

Accomplishments: Planted 100 plug plants (Mugwort, Goldenrod, Verbena, and Evening Primrose) and installed 2,050 feet of irrigation line

Summary of the Day:
The SLEWS program has long awaited the day that students would be able to return to the field and it finally came on Thursday when 20 Davis High School students had their first field day at Good Humus Farms.

To start off the cold day we circled up and got to know each other through a group dancing game where students get to pick their own dance to match their name. Shortly after students got to gain perspective as to what this project means in the large scheme of things. We discussed different types of models and got the opportunity to act a model out as we discussed population dynamics and human impact.

Eager to get to the restoration activity, students met landowner, Annie Main. Annie introduced students to the history of the farm, the importance of organic farming, and the impact prior hedgerows have had on the farm due to the extreme winds they experience. Wanting to make a positive impact, students got started on their hedgerow project by installing 2,050 feet of irrigation and planting 100 plug plants (Mugwort, Goldenrod, Verbena, and Evening Primrose)!

Thanks to everyone for their contributions! A special thanks to Yolo RCD who helped with the implementation plan and took care of our plants before the long awaited planting day. Additonal thanks to NRCS and Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation whose support makes this project possible. A final thanks to the owners Annie and Jeff for allowing us to assist with the planting of hedgerow on their farm.

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