- Author: Ryan D Puckett
A perfect fall day for a visit to the Kearney Ag Station greeted new ag education professionals from the California Agricultural Teachers Association on the 7th of November. The young teachers were from all corners of California; from Tulelake to Coachella Valley, from the Bay Area to the neighboring Sanger. Over fifty participants were in town for professional development seminars at Fresno's Selland Arena and spent the day visiting Rosa Brothers Dairy in Hanford and the Kearney farm here in Parlier. We loaded on the tram and made our way though the orchards, vineyards and fields where research is conducted on the station. Even through we were late in the season, there was still plenty to see, especially the changing color of foliage in the walnuts, stone fruit and pomegranates. There were even some fruit to be collected by the teachers and they gathered souvenirs of fan-shaped kiwi, apples, pomegranates and walnuts. We stopped by one of the insectaries on campus and said hello to the leaf-footed bugs and the spotted-wing Drosophila. Our tour was concluded at the greenhouses where the teachers inspected research in progress and contemplated greenhouse projects for their students. They were an engaged group, and their students are in good hands to be inspired by this group of ag education professionals.