FARMS Leadership – Central Valley – February 24, 2021
Location: Top of the Morn Farms, Tulare, CA
Top of the Morn Farms in Tulare, CA hosted a great field day for our FARMS students, virtually of course! Students were able to hear from owner, Ron Locke, and they took away some great information about owning and running a dairy in California. The video tour took students through the calf pens, free stalls for the dairy cattle, milking parlor, and creamery. Even though they could not be there in person, Top of the Morn sent home individual milks for the students to enjoy and they were amazing! If you have not had their milk go out and find yourself some when you are in Tulare County. This family owned dairy farm is run with pride, honesty, and care for the cows and the people in their community. FARMS Leadership is so thankful for their time and generosity and we hope to go back in person next year.
FARMS Leadership – Central Valley – January 26, 2021
Location of Field Day: Peterson Farms, Kingsberg, CA
In January the FARMS Leadership students really got to understand what it means to have a “family farm” with a tour at Peterson Farms in Kingsberg, CA. Students were able to see that the family at Peterson Farms extends beyond the bloodlines of the Peterson’s and includes all employees as well. Employee interviews clearly showed that they feel valued and loved at Peterson Farms. In addition to hearing about how the operation runs, students learned about peach harvest and packing. Although Peterson Farms grows and packs all varieties of fruits this day was about the peach and as Mr. Peterson says, “We grow dessert!” If you haven’t already go check out “Beyond the Harvest” youtube videos and see the whole story of the Peterson Family Farm.
FARMS Leadership – Central Valley – October 20, 2020
Location of Field Day:
Cardoza Brothers Company – Tulare, CA
Mid-Valley Cotton – Tulare, CA
USDA Grading – Visalia, CA
On October 20th the Central Valley FARMS students got an inside look at how cotton is harvested, processed, and graded. The virtual tour started out in Tulare, CA, with Cardoza Brothers Company. They harvest fields of cotton in Tulare county and then send their product to Mid-Valley Cotton, also in Tulare. The cotton gin at Mid-Valley takes in the cotton from the field and removes the seed and other debris from the cotton boll, leaving you with a clean product to be sold. Of course, there is some grading to be done over at the USDA facility in Visalia, CA. This is where the virtual tour ended and students were able to see the process cotton goes through in order to be graded. Students were sent Kits that included cotton seed, bolls, lint, and an information booklet. Thank you to our hosts at Cardoza Brothers, Mid-Valley Cotton, and USDA Cotton.