Our staff is dedicated to providing excellent services to our customers in a reliable, fiscally responsible manner.
About: Liz grew up in Colusa and returned in 2012 to pursue her passion for farming and rural living. She began as a ranch intern at Peterson Ranch, a large family farm that produces orchard crops, later that year. She soon became the Assistant Agronomist working in a close-knit farm management team. Responsibilities included: developing nutrient budgets, managing the irrigation program, and coordinating Integrated Pest Management projects. In her final year at the ranch, Liz became the Assistant Director of Food Safety and Government Compliance, work included developing and implementing a Global Good Agricultural Practice plan.
Concurrently in 2013, Liz was hired by the local RCD as a Conservation Technician. She was directed by Audubon Society’s lead conservationists to develop and maintain hedgerows at Davis Ranches.
Apprenticing professionals in both conservation and agriculture specific to Colusa County's ecological farmscape has only solidified Liz's desire to integrate and help sustain both in the place she re-calls home.
In 2018, CCRCD hired Liz as the Assistant Executive Director to take over the leadership of the RCD at the year's end. Liz is thrilled to be able to serve her rural community in conserving, protecting and restoring natural resources well into the future.
When not at work, Liz enjoys raising her son in a small town, running with her dog along the Sacramento River, cooking NYT recipes, attempting a xeriscape garden, reading everything, and traveling outside the valley every once in a while.
Agriculture Professional certifications:
Certified Crop Advisor/ August 2018
Qualified Applicators License/ March 2017
UC Davis: Walnut Short Course
UC Davis: Pomology Short Course (2-week intensive)
California Farm Academy, Center for Land-based Learning, Winters,
CA / Class of 2014
Graduated in 2008 from Seattle Pacific University, BA in Family and Consumer Science: Individual and Family Development
Natural Resource Coordinator
Elyse Blaker is the new Natural Resource Coordinator, bridging together the Colusa NRCS and RCD. Elyse grew up in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains in Truckee CA. Elyse’s love of nature and interest in agriculture began with her family roots in Iowa and learning from her father, an agronomist and avid outdoorsman. Elyse previously served in the United States Navy aboard the USS Nimitz. After the military Elyse moved to Chico to attend Butte Community College with a focus on natural resources. She has previous experience working with the Department of Fish and Wildlife, California Waterfowl Association, and the USDA working as the local Farm Bill Assistant in the Colusa NRCS office. Elyse is currently finishing her BS at Oregon State University for Agricultural Science. Elyse is thrilled to be a part of the RCD and working within the community. Outside of work Elyse can be found spending time at home gardening, weaving, and traveling with her dog Millie north to the mountains or the coast.