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.
Location(s) of Field Day:
Boggs Tract Community Farm – 466 S Ventura Ave Stockton, CA 95203
Field Day Host(s) and Mentors:
Kenda Templeton – Executive Director
Clifton Maxwell – Farm Manager
Bethany Spangler – Office Assistant
Alison Calkins – Farm Apprentice
Ernay Nino – Volunteer Coordinator
Jessica Bryant – Owner, Corn Poppy Produce & P.U.E.N.T.E.S. Land Lesee
George Dale – Owner, Honeydale Beekeeping & Resident Beekeeper
Urban Farming, Nutrition Education and Advocacy
Summary of the Day:
The San Joaquin region’s FARMS Leadership class began the 2020-2021 program with a (Virtual) Field Day that ensures the health and safety of students, teachers, and partners. The FARMS Leadership team developed the distanced-learning model to prevail through constraints of social-distancing practices as necessitated by the Coronavirus pandemic. Attendees from Langston Hughes Aspire Academy, Health Careers Academy High School, and Historic Durham Ferry Academy joined the Zoom webinar with Farm Manager Clifton Maxwell and Bethany Spangler and were brought on a virtual tour of P.U.E.N.T.E.S. programs at Boggs Tract Community Farm. The P.U.E.N.T.E.S. Program, an abbreviation for Promotores Unidas Para La Educacion Nacional Technologias Sostenibles (roughly translated: United Promoters for National Sustainable Technologies Education), empowers urban families to learn about nutritional value, cultivate healthier foods, and even pursue entrepreneurship via leasing a planter box and selling the harvest. FARMS Leadership students were provided Hands-On Learning Kits that included: two sticks local honey (complements of Honeydale Beekeeping), a planter pot, apricot pits, coriander (cilantro) seeds, and a 50/50 mix of local and organic composts courtesy of the P.U.E.N.T.E.S. program and City of Stockton.
For more information or to view October’s Field Day, ‘click’ the YouTube link below: