Our "Agriculture Makes Good Neighbors" Philosophy...
In keeping with our commitment to our community, Farmers West partners up with 4H and FFA youth leadership programs by sponsoring corrals for several students to raise cattle so they can experience hands-on what it feels like to farm. The corrals are located right next to our Gerbera growing facility!
Wilja Happé, the owner of Farmers West, feels very strongly about the youth keeping the agriculture spark alive and promotes farming and agriculture wherever she goes. She was very excited to be able to provide opportunities for these young people to learn and grow through agricultural experiences and positive mentorship.
Pictured here, is one of our Gerbera facility employees; Reina, with her son Jose, Olivia, and Max. They who are in both the 4H and the FFA programs, learning how to become responsible in farming.
Interestingly enough, our flowers were also appealing to the young steers, who took the time to smell them before going back to ...whatever it is young steers do.
4-H is a youth development and mentoring program, guiding young people to become responsible citizens, leading healthy and productive lives and discovering critical science-focused innovations. http://www.4-h.org
Future Farmers of America (FFA) is an inter-curricular student organization for those interested in agriculture and leadership. Founded in the late 1920's, the organization was formed when boys were losing interest in farms and moving to cities. Their mission was to prepare future generations for the challenges of feeding a growing population. http://www.ffa.org
Click on the pictures below to see information about our beautiful Gerbera & Dahlia crops.
For the most up-to-date information, pictures & comments, visit our Facebook & Twitter pages. We also have a few educational videos on YouTube, like the one below, from our friends at the Louisiana Farm Bureau:
WE ARE EXCITED TO BE CA GROWN™!
The "CA Grown™" campaign is a true public-private partnership. It is supported by the state and federal governments, as well as by the hundreds of growers who provide Californians with food, clothing, shelter and fiber. The campaign is also working with hundreds of stores throughout the state to promote California grown products.