Making Connections: Past Events

Water, wetlands, wildlife and rice

Yolo and Sacramento Counties
Tuesday, February 12

Learn about the Yolo Bypass’s role in flood management and as a habitat for waterfowl and other wildlife. Meet with rice farmers and ranchers who grow food in the bypass. Hear from state agency representatives about public/private partnerships that benefit our state. Tour a rice mill, then enjoy a collegial dinner at Mulvaney’s B&L sponsored by the California Rice Commission. Dine with Dean Dillard and thought leaders from industry and government in the region.

Optional pre-event:

Start your experience early with the California League of Food Producers (CLFP) Annual Expo in Sacramento. Attend the keynote breakfast with industry leaders and walk the floor of the trade show with an industry guide who will share insights about tomato and other food processing, engineering and technology critical to this industry.

Produce, food safety, wine and labor

Monterey County 
March 28-29

Tour fields of vegetables and leafy greens and see the tremendous scale of California produce production. Follow the vegetables into the Taylor Farms processing facility and discuss food safety and regulation. The evening will be topped off with a vineyard tour and dinner hosted by Smith Family Wines. We hope you will stay overnight hosted by Nunes Farms in their new Boronda Villas Property built for their agricultural labor force.  Learn about labor issues and tour their farm during a Friday morning program.


Thursday, March 28

  • 6:50 am Depart Davis by train
  • Western Growers Association overview and lunch
  • Taylor Farms Processing Facility Tour
  • Smith Family Wines Vineyard Tour and Industry Networking Dinner
  • Overnight at Boronda Villas at Nunes Farms

Friday, March 29

  • Breakfast at Boronda Villas
  • Nunes Farms Field Tours
  • Lunch at Casa de Fruta
  • 4pm Arrive in Davis

Cows, creameries and the sea

Sonoma County
May 8

Dairy is California’s top commodity so we’re heading to the coast to tour Clover Sonoma’s creamery and Bucher Family Dairy. We’ll also visit UC Davis-Bodega Marine Laboratory, part of the UC Natural Reserve System to learn about current research. Lunch will be at Valley Ford Cheese, and a networking dinner at alumni-owned Bear Republic Brewing.


Wednesday, May 8

  • 7am leave Davis by bus
  • Clover Sonoma Creamery Tour
  • UC Davis Bodega Bay Marine Lab Tour
  • Lunch at Valley Ford Cheese Cafe
  • Bucher Family Farms Dairy Tour
  • Bear Republic Brewing Company Beer Tasting and Networking Dinner
  • Depart for Davis 8pm