Advocating for Future Generations

FARMS Leadership | Central Valley South | Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Location of Field Day:
Sequoia Riverland Trust
Dry Creek Preserve
35220 Dry Creek Dr, 35220 Dry Creek Dr, Woodlake, CA 93286

Field Day Host(s) and Mentors: 
Bud Darwin, Education and Volunteer Director
Sam Weiser, Education Coordinator

Upon arrival, students met and interviewed Bud Darwin & Sam Weiser with Sequoia Riverland Trust. The students introduced Bud and Sam to the group and our day started. Students visited the Native Plant Nursery that is on-site.  They were able to see the different plants and shrubs that were grown there and why it is good to plant them at home to encourage pollination at their homes. Dry Creek Preserve is a 152-acre former gravel quarry located just northwest of Lemon Cove, CA in the town of Woodlake, CA.  The students were able to use iPads and their cell phones with the iNaturalist App. Students could upload pictures of anything they could find and the app community would then help identify what was found. Students did this on the 2-mile hike we took around the preserve. Students also learned how the combination of biological and environmental conditions were important to the local farmers who grazed cattle on this very land.  Students really enjoyed being able to bring the classroom, technology and electronics outdoors. Following the hike, we had lunch and de-briefed on the day. Bud & Sam shared volunteer opportunities with our students and the importance of finding something you enjoy doing when you grow up so you’ll never have to work a day in your life. Thank you for a terrific field day Sequoia Riverlands Trust!

Trout and Salmon, Oh My!

FARMS Leadership | Central Valley Central & South | Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Location of Field Day:
California Department of Fish & WildLife – San Joaquin Hatchery – 17372 Brook Trout Drive, Friant, CA 93626

Field Day Host(s) and Mentors:
William Branch
Cheryl Moxley
Brian Erlandsen

Theme:
Aquaculture and Natural Resources

Summary of the Day:
Students from Patino High School, Sunnyside High School, Kerman High School, Reedley High School and Hanford West High School met on Wednesday, January 29th at The San Joaquin Hatchery of California Department of Fish & Wildlife. Students met and practiced an introduction and thank you practice for use in the day for introducing our hosts. We were joined by Cheryl Moxley who runs the FINS Program. The FINS Program is an interpretive nature trail designed to teach children the life cycle of trout. Given the slightly older nature of our group, she covered other more age-appropriate information such as native plants, grant funding information, and interpretive design. Next, students rotated between two programs with lunch provided by FARMS to split up these two rotations. The first was SCARF: A salmon restoration project for the San Joaquin River. This covered topics such as conservation, endangered species, and the science behind genetic matrixing and testing. Students fed these fish and also checked for the success rate of the tagged fish by using the scanner provided. Finally the SJH: The hatchery itself, where we discussed what it takes to raise fish, plant it out, and deal with such things as water quality, biosecurity, and fish health. At the end of the day, students presented thank you’s to all of our hosts. We had a really enjoyable hands-on day. We were very impressed with what the state of California does for our natural resources. Thank you again, William, Cherly, Brian and your entire team.

Vet Medicine & What it takes

FARMS Leadership | Central Valley South | November 20, 2019

Location of Field Day:  UC Davis Veterinary Medicine California Animal Health & Food Safety Laboratory System Center, Tulare CA

Field Day Host(s) and Mentors:  Rhonda Gillum, Dr. Emmanuel Okello, Dr. Melissa Macias Rioseco, Dr. Blanca Camacho, Karen Tonooka, Jennifer Crook and Ms. Casillas

Veterinary Science and what it takes to get their

On November 20, 2019, the South Valley FARMS Leadership Students of Hanford West High School visited UC Davis Veterinary Medicine Tulare Campus. Upon arrival, students enjoyed a breakfast snack and were assigned to introduce our speakers for the day.  Students participated in a teamwork activity cup stacking game. Following our teamwork activity, we started our day. Students were welcomed by Dr. Emmanuel Okello, Assistant Specialist in Cooperative Extension.  He gave a short presentation on Antimicrobial Stewardship and reiterated the importance of washing your hands and using antibacterial sanitizer.  In the second session, students were exposed to a Necropsy Video.  Dr. Melissa Macias Rioseco introduced the video and explained frame by frame the reasons and needs to do a necropsy on an animal.  In our third session, Dr. Blanca Camacho introduced the college to the students. She went over college requirements and the admission process.  She also explained Academic Preparation & Pre-Veterinary Required Courses for being accepted into Vet School. In session 4, students were split into two groups and rotated through the topics of Milk Quality Testing and PCR Testing.  CAHFS operates as the State of California’s central reference laboratory for measuring dairy products for their wholesomeness and nutrient makeup. This quality assurance program ensures dairy products are compliant with regulations, protecting both the consumer and the producer. Real-time PCR is a second-generation PCR platform with significantly improved testing characteristics. Introduced in 1996, it has revolutionized and replaced conventional PCR approaches to quantify DNA and RNA. Today, RT-PCR is the gold standard for quantitative PCR and is rapidly becoming accepted as the method of choice for PCR diagnostics.  After enjoying lunch, Ms. Casillas from Hanford West High School presented to the students about injections. Students were able to practice subcutaneous and intramuscular injections in a piece of citrus with different gauge needles and water with food coloring. The students really enjoy this hands-on activity as they could really use this in real-life situations.  Our hosts were very impressed with how the students were very professional in introducing and thanking all of the day’s speakers.  FARMS is so excited to have UC Davis Veterinary Medicine California Animal Health & Food Safety Laboratory System Center in Tulare as a partner educating students about Veterinary Medicine.