FARMS Leadership Program | Kern County | Tuesday, October 19th

Field Day Partner:

AC Foods/Columbine Vineyards

Field Day Host
Louis Gonzalez-Director of Farming

Dave Watson-VP of Sales

John Carter-Director of Operations

Vincent Sorena-VP of Compliance

Dan Rosas-Quality Assurance Manager

Summary of the Day: On Tuesday, October 19th, 2021, the Kern County FARMS Leadership Program kicked off the year with a field day at AC Foods/Columbine Vineyards. Students from McFarland High School, West High School and Ridgeview Highschool came together to explore the different job opportunities that consists of managing a grape operation. We started off with Louis Gonzalez the Director of Farming as he went over many exciting things that we all learned about. We went into detail about the fertilizer that is used on the grapes and all the ingredients that are in it to make it so valuable. We got to see up close and touch the different additives to fertilizer that are used such as earth worm poop. They use an Aerobic Tea that blends all the ingredients of the fertilizer together with water and it is then pumped into the lines of the vineyards.

We then went over to the Sales Team of Columbine Vineyards and got to sit in and meet the VP of sales Dave Watson. They began to start and show us the pitch they would give to future buyers and anyone interested in their grapes. It was very interesting to see all the different data and reports they do to figure out what the consumers like best about picking the perfect bag of grapes. They have to be sure the label is perfect and placed in the correct spot as well. Presentation is everything!

We then went on to the vineyards and got to actually cut and pick our own bundle of grapes. They went on to show and tell us the specific characteristics the grape bundles must reach to be sale ready. We had to cut and trim to make the bundles uniform and eye appealing to the consumer. We also used a refractometer to practice measuring the sweetness in the grapes. We all had a great time and got to taste some AMAZING grapes!!!

GOT GRAPES?

FARMS Advanced Program | Kern County | Thursday, November 12th, 2020

Field Day Partner:
AC Foods/AC Farming

Field Day Host
Priscila Reuland- Project Coordinator
Bryce Chudy- Chief Agronomist

Summary of the Day: On Thursday, November 12th, 2020, the Kern County FARMS Advanced Program from McFarland High School had a Zoom field day with AC Foods. The day before the field day, students were hand delivered kits from AC Foods that consisted of a variety of their green and red holiday grapes. Students were also given a refractometer which they used during the live meeting with the Chief Agronomist.

As the students joined the meetings, they were being introduced to our hosts Bryce Chudy and Priscila Reuland. We talked about Columbine Vineyard, AC Foods sister company. We discussed the Refractometer which is the tool used to measure the sugar content in the grapes.

The higher the number the higher the sugar content in the grape. Each variety has its own measurement, such as a red grape will have a higher sugar content than your green grapes. The measuring of sugar content in all fruit is very important. It helps determine the correct time to harvest the fruit for consumption. It was a great informational field day!!

Below is the link for the Virtual Field Day:

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