We are committed to our community by providing educational field trip experiences for youth on our dairy and egg ranch.
We also give guided tours for college students and adults of upper grades to explain the variety of careers available at our farm and learn about the complexity of the agribusiness. In the course of a field trip, the students participate in the following experiences:
Cows giving birth to calves
Care and feeding of calves and chicks
Milk production, handling and nutrition
Nutrition and recycling agriculture by-products
Milk Cow Freestall Barns:
Care and housing milking cows and nutrient cycle management
How we raise our pastured chickens and collect eggs
Not only are our farm tours a way for people to come see a dynamic farm, but all our visitors love to take photos of the farm, scenery, and surrounding wildlife. We are open to all photos, and love when you share them with us.
BUCKET CALF 4-H PROJECT
For over 20 years we have hosted the Bucket Calf project for children 6 years and older. In 2014, we had over 100 kids come out on our first meeting to pick their own calf. We work with the Del Norte County 4-H program every year to give kids hands-on experience in the Bucket Calf Project. We say the name “bucket calf” refers to the fact that the calves are still drinking milk as opposed to grazing in the fields. Children and parents will learn basic care for cows, the production cycle including feeding and calving, and they’ll even get to watch the milking parlor in action. Children start by choosing a calf. Most of which were born a month before the project starts each June. Project meetings occur on a weekly basis where the children lead the calf on a halter and learn how to work with the calves. The children can show the calf at the Del Norte Country Fair where they stand them correctly in front of a judge. This wonderful project allows children to see how agriculture in our own backyard impacts our daily lives.
4-H COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
4-H has long been a part of our family. Both parents were involved, showing cows at young ages up through high school. This led Stephanie to become a local 4-H club leader and Blake getting involved with the Del Norte County Jr. Livestock Auction Board. All the Alexandre kids grew up showing animals, returning back to the farm as Jr. Leaders and soon to be local 4-H club leaders. We believe this program instills responsibility, leadership, and hard work through owning an animal, working with it daily before the show, and showing against their peers at the local county fair. From showing cows to steers to pigs to horses, and even chickens and turkeys, we have shown a variety of animals and have gained valuable experience teaching others about farm life.
The FFA, formerly known as the Future Farmers of America, has roots in the Alexandre family for over 40 years. Blake was the 1980-1981 California State FFA Sentinel, traveling across the state putting on conferences, teaching and educating high school students in the areas of service, leadership, and agriculture. As the kids went through high school, all five of them were involved in the FFA. Christian, Vanessa, and Dalton all served as North Coast Region FFA officers, with both Christian and Vanessa receiving the highest honor of their National Star Farmer degree. Christian was a national winner in Poultry Production and a national finalist for the American Star in Agribusiness while Vanessa was a state finalist for the American Star in Agribusiness. Largely because of their love of agriculture through growing up on the farm and being involved with FFA, four of the five kids went to California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, majoring in agriculture.
We welcome apprenticeships at both the dairy and the egg ranches year-round. We are also always looking for qualified candiates for full-time employment. We want you to become a part of our operation and learn more about hard work, character, and what it means to work on a dairy. We have entertained interns from the United States, Costa Rica, Germany, Ghana, Holland, and El Salvador, learning from them all.