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!
Participating Schools Frontier High School Bakersfield Christian High School Independence High School
We had been waiting all year for this! It was Apiology day! The almond trees were in bloom and it was time to hear and experience the honeybee industry. Jimmy Gardner of United Honeybees allowed us to come and experience the world of bees with him.
We started with conversations about the lifecycle of the bee and the honey bee business. Bees have a community and they are like any other animal. They need to be fed, watered and cared for. We studied the facts of the honeybee.
Here are some facts that shocked students:
Bees are the only insect in the world that makes food that humans eat.
Honeybees pollinate $15 billion of crops every year
Honey has natural preservatives so bacteria can’t grow in it
85% of plants exist because of bees
1/3 of all the food we eat depends on pollinators
More than 100 types of crops are pollinated by bees in the US – including clover and alfalfa that feed our cows
Beekeeping has a migration route throughout the US. Their timing is critical and weather dependent.
After we discussed the facts of bees and the benefits of honey, we went out to experience them first hand!
We walked and did exactly what Jimmy Gardner does on the daily. The feeling of the wind produced from the bees wings as they land on your hood is a feeling that you can’t explain. Your first reaction is to swat them, but then you remember that you are safe in the suit. You see and hear them working hard to care for their queen. We were able to label the drone bees versus the worker bees. Then we found her! We found the Queen!
It was a great day! Thank you for hosting us, Redhouse Beef. Thank you for teaching us, United Honeybees!