(Bakersfield, CA)— Advocating for Kern County agriculture is not new for Colleen Taber, the new Administrator representing the Kern County Farm Bureau.
Colleen comes to the Farm Bureau most recently from the non-profit sector, where she was the Regional Manager of the FARMS Leadership Program. In this role, she partnered with our local Kern County High Schools, leading students to local farms, exposing students to possible agricultural careers and agricultural career pathways right here in our backyard. Working with Kern County youth and learning their disconnect between our food source and our homes was eye-opening for Taber. Colleen’s interest in Ag started at a young age.
Colleen grew up in 4H raising and showing sheep in Santa Clara County, where she was already learning to advocate for agriculture in an ever-shrinking ag community. Twenty years ago, she married Bakersfield native, Tab Taber, who is the great-grandson to Sam Lynn of Sam Lynn Ballpark. Together they have raised their three children here in Kern County, sharing Taber’s love for ag. Her daughters are both members of the Independence High School FFA, where she also serves as the Independence High School FFA Alumni Chapter Vice President. Colleen is looking forward to continuing the relationships formed with the local ag community, including the Kern Chapter for Women in Agriculture.
Taber has also served the Farm Bureau as co-chair for the last two years for the Teacher’s Ag Seminar and volunteered for the previous 4 years for Farm Day in the City. Her agriculture experience, partnered with her in-depth background in administration, education, and human resources, makes her a great fit to represent the Kern County Farm Bureau.
“The KCFB Board of Directors are excited for the future with our new Administrator, Colleen Taber. We believe Colleen’s extensive experience and passion for the industry will benefit our members immeasurably. Congratulations to Colleen and we look forward to working with her to preserve and protect Kern County Agriculture.” – President, John Moore