Fifth-Generation Winemaking in Acampo

FARMS Leadership | San Joaquin x Sacramento Valley | Friday, May 14, 2021

Location(s) of Field Day:
Lange Twins Vineyard — Acampo, CA

Field Day Host(s) and Mentor(s):
Aaron Lange — VP, Vineyard Operations
Alex Farber — Winemaker
Shakib Ali — Manager, Bottling Line
Patty Vega — Director, Human Resources
Kendra Lange — Director, Marketing

The Sacramento Valley and San Joaquin FARMS Leadership Program concludes with a final double-header event featuring Lange Twins Vineyard of Acampo, CA.  Arron Lange, fifth-generation San Joaquin farmer and VP of Vineyard Operations, hosts our Virtual Field Day. Featuring pre-recorded interviews with Lange Twins Vineyard staff members, FARMS students receive insight into many of the behind-the-scenes operations at Lange Twins Vineyard.  Careers in marketing to winemaking, manufacturing to human resources are explored in this expansive look into the collection of talent and expertise that is required to maintain and grow a successful, multi-generational, Ag-business. As this year’s program is unprecedented, reflective of a year full of challenges, I felt it best to cap this event with a good surprise and rewards for FARMS Leadership students’ commitment and perseverance; Kits for this Field Day include an Aloe plant, personal ‘thank you’, organic seed packet, Certificate of Completion for the 2020/2021 FARMS Leadership Program, and a Leadership session dedicated to a student-led reflection of the year.

Thank you ’20/’21 FARMS Leadership students! 

Organic Since ’88

FARMS Leadership | Sacramento Valley | Thursday, April 29, 2021

Location(s) of Field Day:
Durst Organic Growers — Hungry Hollow, CA

Field Day Host(s) and Mentor(s):
Jim Durst — CEO, Farm Director

Summary of the Day:
This Sacramento Valley FARMS Field Day and Leadership Lesson features a presentation from fourth-generation Yolo County farmer Jim Durst. Though the Durst family’s legacy is the production of large-scale commodity crops, since 1988, Jim is the first in his family to focus the farm on cultivating organic produce. Operating out of Hungry Hollow, just north of California’s Capital, Durst Organic Growers champions the importance of sustainability and eco-conscious practices in every aspect of their operations. The Leadership Lesson included FARMS students’ presentations regarding their 16personalities and CareerOneStop survey’s results. The Hands-On Learning Kit for this Field Day included Durst Organic Growers’ asparagus and a few additional supplies for a home-cooking and picture contest.

Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus and Fettuccine Alfredo by Deveion Hopkins
Cheesy Bacon Asparagus and sides by DeAngelo Green

Bayer: Local Careers, Global Opportunities

FARMS Leadership | Sacramento Valley x San Joaquin | Friday, April 23, 2021

Location(s) of Field Day:
Bayer Woodland — Woodland, CA

Field Day Host(s) and Mentor(s):
Lisa McDaniel — Head of Global Outreach & Engagement, Vegetables R&D
Dr. Chow-Ming Lee — Consumer Sensory Lead Scientist
Kyla Johnson — Green House Manager, Specialty Crops
Paola Pomeroy — Production Research Associate
Pam Dickerson — Outreach Coordinator
Ruby Asoro — Video Editor

Summary of the Day:
The Sacramento Valley x San Joaquin Field Day and Leadership Lesson with Bayer Woodland began with introductions and a brief summary of the e-tinerary with the Head of Global Outreach & Engagement, Lisa McDaniel. Following the virtual tour of bringing new seed varieties to market and Tomato-traits Bingo with Dr. Yummy, the Career Panel Q&A features a variety of the contributing ‘research to market’ Bayer professionals. Though no longer directly in the ‘research to market’ process, our primary host, Lisa gives our FARMS students a bit about her background and personal journey. As Lisa is now well-established in her career, as a high school student and Cal Berkeley graduate, Lisa’s path was not always so clear. In fact, her extensive history with Bayer didn’t actually begin within Bayer at all; starting with a small Woodland-based seed company, Lisa worked her way up from Administrative Assistant to a position in Communications. And after multiple mergers, Lisa found more opportunities to learn and advance her career through Finance, Operations and Site Management, and ultimately, found her greatest calling in Outreach and Engagement. This well-rounded diversity of professional experience highlights the importance of how expansive immersion leads to unforeseen opportunities and even roles in leadership. This is true for the sum of the Bayer Career Panel professionals and proves that all experience is good experience. Hand-On Learning Kits for the Bayer Field Day include a tomato flavor and texture wheel, first-aid kit, cold-reactive Bayer cups, Bayer mints, and Bayer tomato starts (perfect for harvesting before a July 4th BBQ)!