Nuts in the North State

FARMS Leadership | Tehama, North State, and Kern| April 21, 2021

Field Day Host(s) and Mentors  Andersen and Sons Shelling: Vina, CA Karen Gundersen, Grower Relations Manager Kristin Coley, Food Safety and Marketing Jennifer Williams, Marketing Director with California Walnut Board and Commission

Hands-On Kit Components Variety ID Worksheet, 5 different walnut varietals, In shell walnuts for cracking and grading, Kernel Defects information sheet. Small mallet for cracking nuts.

Theme
Walnuts and Processing

Summary of the Day  This field day hosted by Andersen and Sons Shelling was extra special with Jennifer Williams with the California Walnut Board and Commission joining us. She started off the day by introducing herself and the California Walnut Board to the students and explaining the important role they play for all those involved in producing and processing walnuts. We then jumped into watching a wonderful video about Andersen and Sons as a company which gave the students a good overview of what to expect as Karen Gundersen and Kristin Coley took us on a LIVE tour of the HUGE and expanding facility in Vina, CA. Students were able to see everything from walnuts being cracked and sorted, to grading, and finally to the packing line where local walnuts were going into retail packages with large retail names on them! So cool!!

Along the way, we discussed the many career opportunities that Andersen and Sons offers. Many of which require only a high school diploma, however if students have an interest in exploring high education they learned about careers that needed a certificate as well as those which need a 4 year degree to hold. To wrap up the day, Karen did a fun and interactive walnut variety identification activity using the hands on kits each student had received prior to the field day. Who knew there were so many different varieties of walnuts?! Students then were encouraged to use the guide they were given to crack and sort the in shell walnuts they received to see what kind of work goes into deciding what a farmer get paid for his walnuts.

We couldn’t be more thankful for partners like Andersen and Sons and the support we get from the Walnut Board to help educate our youth on the importance of not only where our food comes from, but how much work goes into getting it from the orchard to your trail mix or granola.

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Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice Coming Up!

FARMS Leadership – Central Valley – April 19, 2021
Location: Fresno State, Fresno, CA

A group of Fresno State business students were able to give the FARMS students a virtual presentation about citrus with a main focus on juicing oranges. Students were able to learn about how citrus is grown in Fresno, popular varieties, harvest times, and most fun the juicing process. At the tour it was an industrial sized juicer in use but the students were able to juice 5 oranges with their at home kits and could compare their fresh juice to the sample of bottled juice in their kit. The virtual tour ended with some questions and answers that the FARMS students could ask the Fresno students not only about citrus but also about college life at Fresno State.

History of Post-Consumer Resources, Environmental Stewardship, and Skills Surveys

FARMS Leadership | San Joaquin | Friday, April 2nd, 2021

Location(s) of Field Day:
CAL-Waste – Galt, CA

Field Day Host(s) and Mentor(s):
Leesa Klotz – Education Coordinator

Summary of the Day:
This San Joaquin FARMS Field Day and Leadership Lesson begins with a historical tour of garbage and waste management in the United States. Beginning with the New York Department of Street Cleaning in 1881, America’s history of sanitation and waste management is actually much newer than many would believe. Our host, Lisa Klotz, guides us through a Virtual Tour of the operations at CAL-Waste and emphasizes, the Moby Duck Spill, the importance of being a conscious consumer, the amount of plastics in the average human diet, and the ways CAL-Waste is doing its part to preserve our planet.

The Hands-On Learning Kits for the CAL-Waste Field Day include samples of silica sand (for making glass bottles), bauxite ore (for making aluminum cans), nurdles (small plastic pellets for making plastic everything), machine-washable CAL-Waste shopping bags, and a pack of wildflower seeds to celebrate Earth Day (April 22nd).

This event concludes with a Leadership Lesson that focuses on FARMS students’ professional development. FARMS students complete a free “16Personalities” personality test, the U.S. Department of Labor’s “CareerOneStop” Interest Assessment, and use the inventory of their proficiencies to deduce their potentials for presented career paths.

‘Click’ the links below for your very own personality and interest assessments:

Free personality test, type descriptions, relationship and career advice | 16Personalities

Interest Assessment | CareerOneStop