Rich Collins, a Davis area farmer, is the new chairman of the board of the Community Alliance with Family Farmers. Founded in 1978, CAFF has been recognized nationally and internationally for its pioneering biological agriculture, farm-to-school, buy fresh/buy local, public policy and technical assistance programs.
The organization’s mission is to advocate for California family farmers and sustainable agriculture.
Farmers make up more than half of the organization’s board of directors. Collins is a farmer who owns and operates California Endive Farms, the largest American producer of endive, and is a leading worldwide innovator in improving the complex process of growing high-quality endives. (See www.endive.com for more information). Collins succeeds Carol Presley as board chair.
“I relish the possibilities of our continuing to build upon CAFF’s 35-year legacy of relationships and programs while seeking to build new alliances within farmer and consumer communities throughout the state,” Collins said in a news release.
Lariza Duenas is the winner of the Women’s Opportunity Award presented by Soroptimist International of Greater Davis.
The WOA program provides educational grants to women who are the primary source of financial support for their families. Duenas may use the $2,000 grant to offset costs associated with her education, such as tuition, books, child care and transportation.
Duenas attended Woodland Community College, works part-time in the financial aid department at the college and is the mother of twin 6-year-old daughters. She also has found time to be involved in educational success programs such as Extended Opportunity Programs & Services, MESA and TRIO, and volunteers at the local YMCA.
While attending WCC, Duenas maintained a grade-point average of 3.37 and was awarded an associate’s degree in social and behavioral sciences, an associate’s degree in early childhood education and an associate’s degree in arts and history.
She currently attends UC Davis; her career goal is to become a college counselor and help diverse students obtain an education by giving them the tools they need to succeed.
Elijah Smith, a seventh-grader at Emerson Junior High, was awarded first place in the Woodland Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1985 Patriot’s Pen Youth Writing Contest. The award was presented at a dinner Feb. 22. Contestants were asked to write an essay on what patriotism means to them.
Elijah is the son of Naomi Davis of Davis and Jason Smith of Woodland.
Miles Moser of Davis and Janai Green of Winters were named to the dean’s list at Arizona State University.
Undergraduate students who earn 12 or more graded semester hours during a semester in residence at ASU with a GPA of 3.50 or higher are eligible for the dean’s list.
Kristen Ronning of Davis was named to the fall-semester dean’s list at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. Ronning is an undergraduate at the College of Musical Arts.
To be chosen for the dean’s list, undergraduate students must carry no fewer than 12 letter-graded credit hours per semester and earn a grade-point average of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale.