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!!!
FARMS Advanced & Leadership Program | Kern County | Tuesday, March 23rd
Field Day Partner:
Field Day Host Debbie Wise-Owner
Maddie Herndon-Ranch Manager
Summary of the Day: On Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021, the Kern County FARMS Advanced and Leadership Program from McFarland High School had a Regional Zoom field day with Redhouse Beef. Redhouse Beef is located in Bakersfield, CA and they operate a grass-fed beef operation. Their main goal is to serve high quality meat straight from the pasture to your table. Our video tour included walking around the ranch seeing the facilities where the cattle are raised on and how they are fed properly. We ran through the process of tagging, weighing and treating the cattle as they come through the chute and how to correctly do so. Redhouse also has grass fed chickens where they sell their eggs and they also have separate chickens that are meat hens and will be sold as grass fed. They like to keep stress free environment for the herd and the flock to help them maintain the best. If you have not tried any products from Redhouse you must! We are so thankful for their time and hope to go back in person next year!
FARMS Advanced & Leadership Program | Kern County | Thursday, December 3rd, 2020
Field Day Partner:
Field Day Host Lindsey Mebane-Food Safety Manager
Summary of the Day: On Thursday, December 3rd, 2020, the Kern County FARMS Advanced and Leadership Program from McFarland High School had a zoom field day with Tasteful selections. Tasteful Selections began with multi-generational potato farmers. They then took the opportunity to expand the potato category to meet the needs of your busy day to day consumer for easier and convenient meals.
Today Tasteful Selections is the leader of the unique potato category. They grow bite-sized potatoes as a convenient source of nutrition and variety for everyday meals. Tasteful Selections just recently had their 10-year anniversary. They are growers, packer, and shipper of the bite-sized potatoes. They do it ALL!!!
This family farming company had one goal in mind, which was to fit busy life styles by growing bite-sized potatoes to consume and taste great! They have over one hundred varieties of potatoes with multiple colors. The process of growing the bite-sized potatoes only takes 75-90 days till they harvest them. The potatoes stay bite-sized because the growth is stopped when they harvest them. Bite-sized potatoes are a vegetable packed full of nutritional powers! They include Vitamin C, B6, Iron, Protein and provide more Potassium than a banana. These potatoes are gluten free, high in fiber and rich in minerals with no additives or GMOs. Tasteful Selections products are located in over 1500+ retail stores across the country.