Organic Farmer Training Programs

FARMS Leadership | Monterey and Santa Cruz | November 16, 2020

Location(s) of Field Day:
ALBA (Agriculture Land-Based Training Association)
1700 Old Stage Rd, Salinas, CA 93908

Participating Schools:
Soquel High School
Gonzalez High School
Alisal High School
Greenfield High School

Field Day Hosts and Mentors:
Nathan Harkleroad – Education Program Manager with ALBA
Nancy Porto – Community Relations and Environmental Education Officer

Theme: Organic Farming

Summary of the Day: 

We wouldn’t be the FARMS Program if we didn’t talk about farming. This month, students learned about Organic Farming and the different training programs offered by ALBA. One of our students, Anahi Benivedes’ father is actually a farmer in one of the ALBA Programs. Nathan and Nancy shared a very engaging presentation and took us on a fun and informative virtual tour of the ALBA Headquarters. For the hands-on kits, students received an infographic poster about organic farming and conventional farming. They each received organic seedlings for their home gardens.

FARMS Alumni in the House

FARMS Advanced | Monterey and Santa Cruz | November 9, 2020

Location(s) of Field Day:
Multiple locations

Participating Schools:
Soquel High School
Gonzalez High School

Field Day Hosts and Mentors:
Amanda Lindsey | General Farm Manager at LC Farms of Puerto Rico | FARMS 2018 Graduate
Juan Perez | Founder of First Few Podcast | Junior at Cal Poly |FARMS 2018 Graduate
Jesus Amador | President of Latinx Cultural Association | Junior at Cal Poly | FARMS 2018 Graduate

Theme: FARMS Alumni

Summary of the Day: For this month’s field day we had a chance to spend an hour with three FARMS Advanced Alumni panelists. Current FARMS Students prepared questions for Alumni and helped facilitate the panel discussion. Amanda, Jesus, and Juan shared stories about their journeys from high school up until this point in their careers and education. Alumni gave solid and sound advice to students and they even demonstrated how to do an “elevator speech” or “30-second-me”. It was so much fun to reconnect with Alumni and have them encourage the next generation of FARMS Advanced students.

As the FARMS Leadership Coordinator, I couldn’t be more proud of our Alumni as they work hard in college and in the workforce. I am so thankful for their wisdom, expertise, and time. Keep up the good work!

Waste, Innovation and Worm Farming

FARMS Leadership | Monterey and Santa Cruz | October 26, 2020

Location(s) of Field Day:
Jardin el Sol at the Sun Street Transfer Station
139 Sun St.
Salinas, Ca 93901

Participating Schools:
Soquel High School
Gonzalez High School
Alisal High School
Greenfield High School

Field Day Hosts and Mentors:
Estella Gutierrez – Resource Recovery Technician with Salinas Valley Recycles
Darlene Ruiz – Resource Recovery Technician with Salinas Valley Recycles

Theme: Food Waste and Innovation

Summary of the Day: 

Welcome to FARMS Leadership 2020! Our first field day is finally here and students start the year off virtually. This year we will be sending students monthly hands-on kits and this months kit is a build your own worm farm.

Students got dirty with this month’s kit as they built and named their farms. Students learned how to care for worms and how to keep a vermicomposting set up healthy and well-fed. Students then met with Salinas Valley Recycles to learn about food waste and waste innovation happening in Monterey County.

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