Water, wetlands, wildlife and rice
Yolo and Sacramento Counties
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
This tour started with an optional ticket to the California League of Food Producers (CLFP) Annual Expo in Sacramento. New faculty learned about the Yolo Bypass’s role in flood management and as a habitat for waterfowl and other wildlife. They met with rice farmers and ranchers who grow food in the bypass. Faculty heard from state agency representatives about public/private partnerships that benefit our state. They toured a rice mill, then enjoy a collegial dinner at Mulvaney’s B&L sponsored by the California Rice Commission.
Produce, food safety, wine and labor
March 28-29, 2019
New Faculty toured fields of vegetables and leafy greens and saw the tremendous scale of California produce production. They followed the vegetables into the Taylor Farms processing facility and discussed food safety and regulation. The evening was topped off with a vineyard tour and dinner hosted by Smith Family Wines. This was an overnight stay hosted by Nunes Farms in their new Boronda Villas Property built for their agricultural labor force. Faculty learned about labor issues and toured their farm during a Friday morning program. On the way home, faculty had lunch at Casa de Fruta.
Cows, creameries and the sea
May 8, 2019
Dairy is California’s top commodity so new faculty headed to the coast to tour Clover Sonoma’s creamery and Bucher Family Dairy. They also visited UC Davis-Bodega Marine Laboratory, part of the UC Natural Reserve System to learn about current research. Lunch was enjoyed at Valley Ford Cheese, and the tour finished with a networking dinner at alumni-owned Bear Republic Brewing.
Rivers, food processing, commodities markets and fruit
June 7, 2019
New faculty visited valley almond, grape and stone fruit farmers and met with agribusiness executives from Olam to discuss global commodity markets. This experience was capped off with a networking dinner on the San Joaquin River with the San Joaquin River Park Conservancy hosted by Woolf Farming.
Following the Feather River
November 13, 2019
With this tour, faculty headed north of Davis through walnut orchards and rice fields; learned about flooding, forestry and fires visited the Feather River and areas of Butte County affected by the Camp Fire. They ended the day in Chico with a brewery tour and networking dinner.