University of California, Agriculture & Natural Resources
University of California, Agriculture & Natural Resources
University of California, Agriculture & Natural Resources
University of California
University of California, Agriculture & Natural Resources

Centennial Staff Profiles

Richard Molinar

Location
UCCE Fresno County
Title
Small Farm Advisor Emeritus
Time with ANR
27 years
Typical Day

Every day was different and unique. One day I would visit farms to help with their food safety issues, insect/disease/weed identification and management, or to help them with regulatory issues related to OSHA or Labor enforcement. On another day I may have organized a meeting with 40 strawberry growers to help them with best management practices to optimize production. I also spoke at many weed/small farm, PAPA, or CAPCA conferences and UC Master Gardener trainings. The whole day might also be spent harvesting fruit from a strawberry irrigation or variety trial we initiated to help the growers in our county.

Most Memorable Moment

My most memorable moment with UCCE was receiving a lifetime achievement award from the Hmong farmers I work with and an honorary Hmong name from them, Vam Meej (which means to give prosperity).

What I love Most About Working for ANR

Being in the field and actually helping a farmer resolve a particular problem.

My Story

While teaching as a Peace Corps volunteer (2 years) and at a community college (6 years), I realized that I got a great deal of enjoyment and satisfaction helping people. I saw what farm advisors did in my home town of Bakersfield (Walt Bentley and Pete Goodell) and decided that is what I wanted to do. In addition to teaching for the 8 years, I worked in private industry for 10 years and finished a Master's degree to work towards becoming a farm advisor.

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