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FARMS Leadership | North State | Thursday, January 13, 2022

Location of Field Day
Gorrill Ranch, Durham, CA & Larrabee Farms, Chico, CA

Field Day Host(s) and Mentors

  • Anjanette Shadley: Assistant General Manager, Western Canal Water District
  • Doyle Carter: Operations Manager, Richvale Irrigation District
  • Donnie Stinnett: Manager, Joint Union Water Districts Board
  • Brita Lundberg: Marketing Coordinator, Lundberg Family Farms
  • Eric Larrabee: Owner, Larrabee Farms
  • Lee Heringer: PCA, M&T Ranch
  • Nicole Landon: Owner, Buzz’s Bees

Theme
Natural Resources

Summary of the Day 

Students from Las Plumas and Chico High School attended the North State FARMS Leadership Field Day hosted by Western Canal Water District on Thursday January 13th. We met at Gorrill Ranch in Durham where we were greeted by Anjanette Shadley the Assistant General Manager at Western Canal Water District. She gave the students a brief introduction into the day and introduced our guest speakers Doyle Carter the Operations Manager at Richvale Irrigation District and Donnie Stinnett the Manager of Joint Water Districts Board. These men shared with the students about their education, career pathways as well as what each did at their respective water districts. It was fascinating to hear about the amount of technology that is used currently to be able to accurately monitor the amount of water that is being used as well as where it is going was very eye opening to the students. Listening to them speak it was very apparent that they both absolutely loved their jobs and were highly recommending to the students to follow their dreams and really find a passion in their future careers.  We then had the honor of hearing from Brita Lundberg who is the Marketing Coordinator at Lundberg Family Farms. Her story was very unique and important for the students to hear because while she came from an “AG Family” who had a successful farming operation, her love and passion was for reading and literacy. It wasn’t until she graduated from college and lived in New York for several years before she realized that her passion, and love for storytelling and writing could be a big asset to her family farm. She shared about applying for a job at her family’s company at the time when they were rebranding. She was hired and is very happy to be able to help tell their family story to each and every consumer.

The second half of the day was focused on learning about the importance of managing water for the multiple beneficial uses of Food, Salmon, Communities, and Birds. We watched an educational video called Sharing Butte Creek that explained how the irrigation districts, rice farmers, and conservationists have all began working together to promote the health and growth of the salmon as well as giving the migratory waterfowl a place to rest and feed all while improving the soil health in rice fields. We had to opportunity to visit Larrabee Farms and hear from Eric Larrabee about his journey to coming back to the family farm as well as getting a first hand look at his rice fields during this time of year. Lee Heringer who is the PCA at M&T Ranch spoke to the students about his career as a PCA and what led him to choose this. The day was wrapped up sitting and listening to Nicole Landon the owner of Buzz’s Bees share about her and her husbands journey to becoming full time bee keepers and what exactly goes into raising Queen Bee’s. All in all the day was cram packed with exciting speakers who were a wealth of information as well as inspiring! We can’t thank all those who participated enough!

Hi-Tech in the Lumber Industry

FARMS Leadership | Tehama | Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Location of Field Day
Sierra Pacific Industries 19794 Riverside Ave. Anderson, CA 96007

Field Day Host(s) and Mentors

  • Kristy Lanham: North Sierra Community Relations Manager
  • Deanna Lewis: Communications Coordinator
  • John Parratt
  • Vaughn Emmerson: Division Manager-Fabrication
  • Drew Peterson: Electrical Supervisor

Theme
Technology and Manufacturing

Summary of the Day 

Tehama FARMS Leadership kicked off the 2021/22 year with a field day at Sierra Pacific Industries in Anderson, CA. Students from Red Bluff, Los Molinos, Corning, and Orland High Schools all came together to explore the career opportunities at SPI as well as learn more about the Lumber Industry as a whole and how Sierra Pacific Industries uses every fiber of every tree it harvests. Kristy Lanham, North Sierra Community Relations Manager, and Deanna Lewis, the Communications Coordinator welcomed us with an overview of the company sharing about how it is still a family-owned company with 4 generations of Emmerson’s working in different divisions of the operation and how SPI now owns over 2.3 million acres of land in Washington, Oregon, and California.

               We then went over to the Cogen and were introduced to John Parratt, who led the students on a tour of the Cogen itself. What is a Cogen you might be wondering like most of the students were? Cogeneration is the process of using steam to heat kilns that dry lumber, and then again to turn a turbine which makes electricity. Why is this important? Students learned that the manufacturing of lumber, windows, doors, and other products that SPI makes generates lots of low-grade byproducts, bark, and sawdust which they can burn in their Cogen to in turn create all the necessary power to run their entire Anderson facility, as well as about 5,000 local homes. So, it is an amazing way to be sustainable while literally using every fiber of every tree that comes onto the facility! Since SPI treats the FARMS Leadership Students like VIP, they were able to make the 9-story climb to the top of the building and take in the breathtaking view! This was by far the highlight of most students’ day!

               After the exciting Cogen tour, we headed over to the Fab and Tech Shop and met Vaughn Emmerson, Division Manager-Fabrication, who shared about all the opportunities available in this state-of-the-art facility. We were able to meet members of the impressive team of mechanical and electrical engineers, welders, machinists, and electrical technicians and see them building parts and pieces that will be used in the new upgraded Sawmill that is currently the main priority of the Fab Shop. Drew Peterson, Electrical Supervisor, took the time to teach the students why high voltage power is important and used in a facility such as this, opposed to lower voltage power like what we have in our homes. He passed around a portion of the power line that runs from the Cogen to the rest of the facility for the students to explore hands on.

My favorite part of the day was…”Going into the shop. All the equipment they had was incredible and it was cool to compare it to our school’s shop!” Lillian Tomasetti, Red Bluff High School

Nuts in the North State

FARMS Leadership | Tehama, North State, and Kern| April 21, 2021

Field Day Host(s) and Mentors  Andersen and Sons Shelling: Vina, CA Karen Gundersen, Grower Relations Manager Kristin Coley, Food Safety and Marketing Jennifer Williams, Marketing Director with California Walnut Board and Commission

Hands-On Kit Components Variety ID Worksheet, 5 different walnut varietals, In shell walnuts for cracking and grading, Kernel Defects information sheet. Small mallet for cracking nuts.

Theme
Walnuts and Processing

Summary of the Day  This field day hosted by Andersen and Sons Shelling was extra special with Jennifer Williams with the California Walnut Board and Commission joining us. She started off the day by introducing herself and the California Walnut Board to the students and explaining the important role they play for all those involved in producing and processing walnuts. We then jumped into watching a wonderful video about Andersen and Sons as a company which gave the students a good overview of what to expect as Karen Gundersen and Kristin Coley took us on a LIVE tour of the HUGE and expanding facility in Vina, CA. Students were able to see everything from walnuts being cracked and sorted, to grading, and finally to the packing line where local walnuts were going into retail packages with large retail names on them! So cool!!

Along the way, we discussed the many career opportunities that Andersen and Sons offers. Many of which require only a high school diploma, however if students have an interest in exploring high education they learned about careers that needed a certificate as well as those which need a 4 year degree to hold. To wrap up the day, Karen did a fun and interactive walnut variety identification activity using the hands on kits each student had received prior to the field day. Who knew there were so many different varieties of walnuts?! Students then were encouraged to use the guide they were given to crack and sort the in shell walnuts they received to see what kind of work goes into deciding what a farmer get paid for his walnuts.

We couldn’t be more thankful for partners like Andersen and Sons and the support we get from the Walnut Board to help educate our youth on the importance of not only where our food comes from, but how much work goes into getting it from the orchard to your trail mix or granola.

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