Peterson Farms Grows Desserts

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.

Citrus, Chicken & Organic Farming

FARMS Leadership | Central Valley Central | Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Location of Field Day:
Peterson Family Farm
38694 Road 16, Kingsburg CA 93631

Field Day Host(s) and Mentors:
Vernon Peterson, Owner

Theme: Citrus, Chickens & Organic Farming

Our day started off with a tour of the Petersons Citrus Packing House, where students rotated between Quality Control, Administration, Security and Loading. The students rotated between the 4 jobs for about 30 minutes each. In quality control, students learned how to test the citrus to the specifications for sale in each category. In the admin office, students learned how billing, receiving and distribution works. At some points, the packing shed runs 24 hours a day. In the security office, students learned how to keep the machines running and that the employees were carefully completing the tasks at hand. Finally, students help load and keep track and pack the pallets that went onto the trucks and out to the stores.

Next, Mr. Peterson took us to his family’s chicken ranch. He showed the students how quickly the chickens grew and how his employees cared for the chickens and the houses they lived in. He showed us how technology-based their houses were as they continuously kept a temperature of about 70-90 degrees depending on how old the chickens were.

Finally, we ended the day with lunch and an ice cream treat in Kingsburg.

A little bit of this and that….

Program: FARMS Leadership Program

Region: Central Valley Central

Field Date: Thursday, February 21, 2019

Location of Field Day: Peterson Packing House, Kingsburg CA

Field Day Host(s) and Mentors: Vernon Peterson

Theme: Packing House, Chickens and a Trout Release

Summary of the Day:

Our day started off with a tour of the Petersons Citrus Packing House, where students rotated between Quality Control, Administration, Security, and Loading.  The students rotated between the 4 jobs for about 30 minutes each. In quality control, students learned how to test the citrus to the specifications for sale in each category.  In the admin office, students learned how to bill, shipping/receiving and distribution works. At some points, the packing shed will run 24 hours a day. In the security office, students learned how to keep the machines running and that the employees were carefully completing the tasks at hand.  Finally, students help load and keep track and pack the pallets that went onto the trucks and out to the stores.

After lunch, Mr. Peterson took us to his family’s chicken ranch.  He showed the students how quickly the chickens grew and how his employees cared for the chickens and the houses they lived in.  He showed us how technology-based is houses were as they continuously kept a temperature of about 70-90 degrees depending on how old the chickens were.  

Finally, students from the FARMS (Center for Land-Based Learning) program at Patiño School of Entrepreneurship took a field trip in February to Peterson Organic Farms and the Kings River North Riverside access point.  The students learned about organic farming practices and assisted with the Kings River Conservation District and Kings River Conservancy (KRC) trout release to plant and repopulate the Kings River. Students had the opportunity to meet local leaders and watch the KRC video about education and the role of the river.