Agreement between Institute of Farmworker Education and Leadership Development (FIELD) and Cadiz strengthen FIELD’s workforce development programs and train students in sustainable water management amid worsening climate change while advancing FIELD’s mission to drive prosperity in California underserved communities.
TEHACHAPI, Calif. and CADIZ, Calif., September 15, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Farmworkers Institute of Education & Leadership Development (FIELD) and Cadiz Inc. (NASDAQ: CDZI) today announced an agreement to create a state-of-the-art technology learning and innovation center to provide education, work-based training and business opportunities in poor and minority communities.
“…delighted to partner with Cadiz to create workplace training programs and business opportunities for our students”
FIELD’s Innovation Campus will be located at Cadiz Ranch, the company’s 45,000-acre property in the Mojave Desert, and will provide hands-on, intensive instruction and on-the-job training in water conservation, groundwater management and sustainable agriculture – areas of critical need like California adapts to the impacts of climate change on water supply and food production.
The new initiative is part of FIELD’s Workforce Development division and operates under the Vocational Technical Education (CTE) program, which is part of FIELD’s EPIC Cesar Chavez High School, accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. FIELD is a non-profit organization founded in 1978 by a renowned agricultural worker leader Caesar Chavez whose vision was to improve the economic prospects of underserved populations in poor and minority communities. FIELD’s CTE program prepares students for the changing workforce by developing academic knowledge and technical skills in a variety of career paths, including early childhood education, solar energy photovoltaics, firefighting, agriculture, construction, recycling and natural resources. FIELD’s CTE program at Cadiz Ranch will focus on water conservation, water quality, groundwater management, and strategies for adapting to the impacts of climate change on water resources and agriculture . FIELD’s workplace training programs support a continuum of self-sufficiency and empowerment in underserved communities through the creation of “social enterprises” – businesses created, owned and operated by FIELD students/graduates .
Over three decades of farming in California Mojave Desert, Cadiz has developed sophisticated groundwater conservation techniques to support agriculture in extremely arid conditions by intercepting and capturing groundwater before it evaporates. The Company’s groundwater management plan includes extensive use of sensor technologies to monitor soil moisture, evaporation rates and groundwater movement to maximize groundwater conservation. Conserved water not used for irrigation will be stored in the aquifer and transported through underground pipes as part of the Cadiz Water Conservation and Storage Project, creating a vital new water supply for stricken communities by drought in Southern California.
In partnership with FIELD, Cadiz will create classrooms, housing and other facilities at Cadiz Ranch for approximately 30-60 students per academic year as they learn best practices to promote sustainable land management and conservation. water at a time of increasing climate change and aggravation. Drought.
“As California’s water supply becomes scarce, climate-smart technologies and practices will be essential for health, safety and economic survival, especially for traditionally underserved communities,” said FIELD Present and CEO . David Villarino-Gonzalez. “We are thrilled to partner with Cadiz to create workplace training programs and business opportunities for our students so they can build a sustainable future, not just for themselves, but for their communities.”
“This partnership is our future”, said the president of the board of directors of Cádiz Susan Kennedy. “Aridification is a rapidly growing threat that will change everything about the way we live in the South West. FIELD’s focus on combining sustainability and self-sufficiency to create business opportunities for students is exactly what we need to fight climate change.
The FIELD program will include hands-on, hands-on training for students in the management of sustainable agricultural operations at Cadiz Ranch, groundwater management and water quality monitoring, business operations, wellfield development and other areas. FIELD students will also gain experience supporting the first-ever conversion of an existing oil and gas pipeline for water transportation. The program is expected to begin in spring 2023, with an ESL program for FIELD students available at the Cadiz Innovation Center starting this fall.
The creation of the Cadiz Innovation Center is the company’s latest initiative to provide clean water solutions to disadvantaged communities. In August, Cadiz agreed to dedicate 5,000 acre-feet of water per year to the Salton Sea Authority and the Cahuilla Indians of the Torres Martinez Desert and to provide well treatment technology on tribal lands, as well as up to $5 million in pipeline infrastructure to ensure access to clean and safe drinking water.
The Farmworkers Institute of Education & Leadership Development (FIELD) is committed to improving the economic prospects of our underserved populations in poor and minority communities. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded and established in 1978 by farmworker leader Cesar E Chavez. Cesar’s ultimate vision was to inspire agricultural workers and rural labor to become self-sufficient through employee-owned social enterprises. Our primary goal is to empower underserved people with a mission to promote economic and social prosperity. FIELD achieves this mission through a continuum of education and workforce development programs that help underserved communities achieve empowerment, self-sufficiency, and a better quality of life. FIELD has served over 130,000 people since 2002 by making a major investment in education and training infrastructure. For more information, please visit www.farmworkerinstitute.org or email email@example.com
About Cadiz Inc.
Founded in 1983, Cadiz Inc. (NASDAQ: CDZI) is a California company with over 70 square miles of property, significant infrastructure and water rights. The company’s mission is to provide sustainable solutions to California clean water challenges. The Cadiz Water Conservation and Storage Project is an innovative aquifer storage project that will create a new water supply for 400,000 people per year by conserving billions of gallons of renewable groundwater currently lost to from evaporation and salt contamination in dry lakes in the Mojave Desert. Using state-of-the-art groundwater management technology, the project will put conserved water to good use and create a much-needed groundwater bank interconnecting California existing hydraulic infrastructures. For more information, please visit the company’s website www.cadizinc.com or see the company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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