Centennial Staff Profiles
UCCE Fresno County
Small Farm Advisor Emeritus
Time with ANR
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.
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.