Kern families honored for century in farming

The University of California Cooperative Extension is honoring 14 families in Kern County, Calif., who've been in farming 100 years or longer.

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Area families with more than 100 years in farming were to be honored here Aug. 21 by the University of California Cooperative Extension, which is itself celebrating a century of existence.

Among the 14 families that were to be honored are the Carver-Bowel family, whose first generation came by wagon train to California in 1850; the Porter family, whose orange groves date to 1902; and the Fry family, whose ranch has been growing everything from alfalfa to wheat since 1914, according to a news release.

The families settled land thought to be uninhabitable and grew crops with the help of research and teaching from the extension, explained Brian Marsh, Kern County's UCCE director.

The reception at the Kern Agricultural Pavilion was slated to include remarks from county supervisors Leticia Perez and Zack Scrivner as well as Helene Dillard, dean of the UC-Davis College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences.



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