FARMS Leadership | North State | Thursday, January 13, 2022
Location of Field Day
Gorrill Ranch, Durham, CA & Larrabee Farms, Chico, CA
Field Day Host(s) and Mentors
- Anjanette Shadley: Assistant General Manager, Western Canal Water District
- Doyle Carter: Operations Manager, Richvale Irrigation District
- Donnie Stinnett: Manager, Joint Union Water Districts Board
- Brita Lundberg: Marketing Coordinator, Lundberg Family Farms
- Eric Larrabee: Owner, Larrabee Farms
- Lee Heringer: PCA, M&T Ranch
- Nicole Landon: Owner, Buzz’s Bees
Summary of the Day
Students from Las Plumas and Chico High School attended the North State FARMS Leadership Field Day hosted by Western Canal Water District on Thursday January 13th. We met at Gorrill Ranch in Durham where we were greeted by Anjanette Shadley the Assistant General Manager at Western Canal Water District. She gave the students a brief introduction into the day and introduced our guest speakers Doyle Carter the Operations Manager at Richvale Irrigation District and Donnie Stinnett the Manager of Joint Water Districts Board. These men shared with the students about their education, career pathways as well as what each did at their respective water districts. It was fascinating to hear about the amount of technology that is used currently to be able to accurately monitor the amount of water that is being used as well as where it is going was very eye opening to the students. Listening to them speak it was very apparent that they both absolutely loved their jobs and were highly recommending to the students to follow their dreams and really find a passion in their future careers. We then had the honor of hearing from Brita Lundberg who is the Marketing Coordinator at Lundberg Family Farms. Her story was very unique and important for the students to hear because while she came from an “AG Family” who had a successful farming operation, her love and passion was for reading and literacy. It wasn’t until she graduated from college and lived in New York for several years before she realized that her passion, and love for storytelling and writing could be a big asset to her family farm. She shared about applying for a job at her family’s company at the time when they were rebranding. She was hired and is very happy to be able to help tell their family story to each and every consumer.
The second half of the day was focused on learning about the importance of managing water for the multiple beneficial uses of Food, Salmon, Communities, and Birds. We watched an educational video called Sharing Butte Creek that explained how the irrigation districts, rice farmers, and conservationists have all began working together to promote the health and growth of the salmon as well as giving the migratory waterfowl a place to rest and feed all while improving the soil health in rice fields. We had to opportunity to visit Larrabee Farms and hear from Eric Larrabee about his journey to coming back to the family farm as well as getting a first hand look at his rice fields during this time of year. Lee Heringer who is the PCA at M&T Ranch spoke to the students about his career as a PCA and what led him to choose this. The day was wrapped up sitting and listening to Nicole Landon the owner of Buzz’s Bees share about her and her husbands journey to becoming full time bee keepers and what exactly goes into raising Queen Bee’s. All in all the day was cram packed with exciting speakers who were a wealth of information as well as inspiring! We can’t thank all those who participated enough!