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.
Check out the kiwi kits that went home with the students to try. The kit include the three varieties of kiwi; golden red, golden yellow and traditional green.
Location of Field Day: Phillips Farms – Visalia, CA
Field Day Hosts: Doug Phillips – CEO Dave Phillips – Field Manager
October 20, 2020 was a very exciting day as the FARMS Leadership students from the Central Valley Region attended their first virtual field day of the year! They had the opportunity to see Phillips Farms in Visalia where they witnessed kiwi fruit harvesting and packing. Not many knew that kiwis actually grow on vines and come in some beautiful varieties; golden red, traditional green, and golden yellow. After watching the harvesting crew go through the vines the group then saw the packing house process and Phillips Farms was kind enough to send home the three varieties of kiwis they pack with each student to taste. It was a great experience to start off the virtual field day tours.