Harvesting Rice Seed
While the field of rice looks the same as others nearby, this field is being harvested for the seed to grow future rice crops.
Kim Gallagher is a multigenerational farmer in Colusa and Yolo Counties. As part of Erdman Farms she continues diversified farming alongside her husband, Pat, and her brother-in-law, Rob Meyer, carrying on what her parents, Jim and Marilyn Erdman, established.
She enjoys the seasonality of farming as it reminds her of the years teaching high school Biology. Her favorite time of the year is spring planting when new crops come to life.
Conservation and good stewardship were part of Kim’s education on the farm and at St. Mary’s College. As a result, Kim and her husband along with their boys, Sean and Alex have planted acres of hedgerows and pollinator habitats around their farm hoping to pass down sustainability practices to the next generation.
When Kim is not at the farm she enjoys traveling and running. She can sometimes be seen running around her rice fields when she is training for a marathon.