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Oh, the Places You will Go…

Brock Center for Agricultural Communication

We have reached that time of year. The graduation gowns are being bought. Bucket lists are being reviewed. Seniors begin to cherish the “this may be the last time…” moments. Much too soon, “selfies” from bored students waiting in ceremonies will be flooding your Facebook newsfeed.

Here in the Brock Center, two of our own will be walking the stage on June 16th and entering through the gateway to the real world. While we are sad to be losing two seniors, we are excited to see where their path in the agriculture industry will lead them. We are also thrilled to welcome two new additions to the the team – Alex Beeler and Jordan Dunn! 

Team Brock has exciting plans following the end of this school year and we want to share their plans with you!

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Jennifer Ray

After graduation, Ray will intern at Filament Marketing in Madison, Wis., for the summer. Filament…

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Posted by on June 10, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Dragonfly Emergence

 
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Surprise, Surprise …

Nature's Place

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… as I was picking at the Passion vine a couple nights ago – checking for resting or sleeping creatures, clearing dead leaves from the tangle and pocketing the ready fruit, I noticed a curious thing.

One of the leaves I picked was long dead and brown, dried out and curled up, but as it plunged to the ground where it would join in the mulch a bunch of tiny bees fell out and spilled around, almost unnoticed.

I didn’t know they were bees until I took a few shots, being only 12 to 15mm long – my eyes not that good anymore, if ever they were. Then I put what I could find at the base of the vine’s stem and threw on a few more leaves for cover on the cold night, to increase their chance of survival, having disturbed it myself.

The next day I had a…

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CP Farm Market

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Tony Blair works this farm market and took these pictures. Here is a quote from him as to why he enjoys working on the farm: 

“Markets are great to work at because you meet all kinds of people who always ask interesting questions about agriculture. This gives me a chance to teach them a thing or two about what I’m learning at Cal Poly!”

Come for U-picks every Wednesday and Friday at 2:30pm at the Crops Unit (follow the signs once you enter campus on California or Highland Drive). We also have Farm Markets on campus at the U-Picks as well as off campus on Thursdays at Farmer’s Market in downtown SLO. Visit our Facebook Page for updates on U-Picks: https://www.facebook.com/calpolyhcs?ref=tn_tnmn!

Hope to see you all this week at the u-pick as well as off campus markets!
Farm Stand Staff
(805)756-6778

Farm Stand & U-pick –
Wednesdays and Fridays 2:30-6:00pm
Saturdays 10am-2pm

Directions: From Santa Rosa St./Hwy 1, enter campus on Highland Ave and follow the signs.

Off Campus Farmers Markets –
Thursdays at Morro Bay and Downtown SLO
Saturdays on Madonna near Embassy Suites

We’re happy to answer any questions you may have. Reply to this e-mail or call 756-6778.

 

Internships are More than Fetching Coffee

Brock Center for Agricultural Communication

Spring quarter is quickly coming to an end, which means that summer break is almost here! However, this does not mean that learning is going to come to a pause. In fact, many students will have the opportunity to continue growing and learning from industry experiences. Meet a few students from the College of Agriculture who have exciting plans for the summer!

Vander Horst Dairies of Texas – James Weber
Stephenville, Texas

Company Background: Vander Horst Dairies of Texas is a sole proprietorship based out of Stephenville, Texas. The company consists of five dairies ranging in size from 400-4000 cows. They have a total of 10,000 Jersey and Jersey x Holstein crossbreeds. They eventually intend to move to purebred Jerseys.

Responsibilities: My internship is a 10-12 week job that involves going to a different dairy each week. I will essentially be replacing a manager or assistant manager for a week…

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Latest “Editions”: New Team Brock Members 2013-14

Brock Center for Agricultural Communication

No, ladies and gents, we did not forget how to spell. Team Brock has two new faces, additions that are sure to produce fantastic editions next year. We are excited to share that Alex Beeler and Jordan Dunn will be joining Team Brock as Associate Editors of Ag Circle for the 2013-14 school year. We thought the best way to introduce this dynamic duo would be for them to share their vision for next year, what they love about agriculture and a snapshot of their personalities.

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Alex Beeler

1) What do you want to accomplish as a Brock Center Associate next year?

I am beyond excited to serve as a Brock Center Associate next year because I think our team will accomplish so much!  I want to contribute my graphic design skills to help in maintaining the professional look of the Ag Circle magazine. I also want to teach other…

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Learn By Doing: Get Involved in Clubs!

Andi Goodman, AEPS Student concentrating in Public Horticulture

Andi Goodman, AEPS student

Andi Goodman, AEPS student

Learn By Doing: Get Involved in Clubs!

During my first two years at Cal Poly, I had underestimated all of the countless opportunities that were available to me. I would occasionally volunteer for events such as Open House and other highly advertised functions, but I wasn’t quite as involved as I should have been.

When I entered my third year at Cal Poly, I took Melinda Lynch’s Floral Design class and a new world opened up to me. I was in love with making floral designs and would always look forward to attending her classes. From that point on, she invited me to join her Floral Design Club on campus. Our club meets once or twice a month during which we organize and make floral designs for upcoming events on campus. These events are usually for other clubs or departments such as banquets and award dinners. Not only do we make arrangements for clubs and departments but those for dinners hosted by President Armstrong.

Feeling that I was part of a group has given me a sense of belonging and encouraged me to seek more involvement. This year I became the President of the Floral Design Club as well as the Marketing Chair of the Environmental Horticulture Club. Through these clubs I have attended many volunteering opportunities that have led to future career options. I have also met driven and passionate faculty members in our Horticulture and Crop Science department that know people who are in the Horticulture field, which has become a great way for me to network with professionals in the industry. The only regret I have at Cal Poly is not getting involved sooner, “Learn by Doing” is exactly what we do here!

"Not only do we make arrangements for clubs and departments but those for dinners hosted by President Armstrong."

“Not only do we make arrangements for clubs and departments but those for dinners hosted by President Armstrong.”

"I would occasionally volunteer for events such as Open House and other highly advertised functions, but I wasn’t quite as involved as I should have been."

“I would occasionally volunteer for events such as Open House and other highly advertised functions, but I wasn’t quite as involved as I should have been.”

The AEPS booth for Open House, designed by Andi Goodman

The AEPS booth for Open House, designed by Andi Goodman

Setting up the AEPS booth for Open House

Andy Klittich helping to set up the AEPS booth for Open House