By Allie Cushnyr, Chair, Kern County Young Farmers & Ranchers
Fundraising has been difficult for YF&R over the last year, and we are working through it by getting creative. A couple of ideas that we are playing with in 2021 is a sporting clays event, a family fall festival, and we are keeping our fingers crossed to bring back the Annual Charity Farmer’s Market. One opportunity that unexpectedly popped up was a fundraiser put on by Kuntz Family Farms. At the beginning of March, they hosted Bee Day, which was a vendor fair that also raised funds for our Ag Grants for FFA & 4H students locally. Tim Collins, our Vice Chair, went to the event and graciously accepted the donation of just over $800! We want to do a shout out to Holly Kuntz for all that she did to raise this money for the students. Kern YF&R is looking forward to having a booth at their 2022 Bee Day to grow the event and raise awareness for how we give back to the community.
We want to thank the Holtermanns for hosting our group at their family farm for our almond bloom meeting. The group learned about everything from bloom, to operations on an almond farm throughout the year, to irrigation, etc. It was a great opportunity for our members to get their boots dirty, ask questions, and even bring kids out to a family friendly meeting. We look forward to our next meeting on April 8th at 6pm with Ally Triolo from Farm to Fork. She will be providing us with an ingredient list prior so we can show up on Zoom with everything we need to make a quick and tasty dish together. We will also be having a group discussion with her after the “cook” along and will host our April meeting as well. Be sure to get on our email list to get the invite to the meeting by reaching out to us. We will also make sure to post details on our social media platforms.
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