Dear Friends of the Center for Land-Based Learning,
Last year at this time, we were having fun on social media with a "Top 10 List" of all of the great things that happened at the Center for Land-Based Learning in 2016. Its hard to believe, but 2017 was even better! From celebrating the 15th Anniversary of the SLEWS (Student and Landowner Education and Watershed Stewardship Program) in March at Yolo Land & Cattle with so many friends, supporters and colleagues, to the recent announcement by Bank of America that the Center for Land-Based Learning received the 2017 " Neighborhood Builders Award" for the Sacramento Region. Land-Based Learning joins over 40 other communities across the United States in this award, and are incredibly honored to be chosen given the tremendous group of organizations that apply each year. We look forward to sharing more about this program and how we will use the $200,000 in flexible funding in the New Year.

In between, we piloted the first Accredited (pending) Apprenticeship in Farm Management in California - working with two local farmers/farms ( Rominger Brothers and Soil Born Farms) and three apprentices; we provided PAID summer internships to 35 young people from West Sacramento (multiple high schools), Luther Burbank High School, Grant High School GEO Academy, and Davis High School; we graduated another 18 beginning farmers in September (making 111 total in our first 6 years); and we connected graduates of our FARMS Leadership Program with full-time, paid agriculture industry internships in the Fresno Region. We supported 9 farms (and 12 farmers) at our incubator sites in Winters, West Sacramento (including the addition of our 5th farm, Riverfront Farm), and Davis (Cannery).

As we close out another year of growth, impact, and accomplishment, I am excited to share the 2016-2017 Annual Report with all of you - our supporters, colleagues, volunteers, alumni, partners, and friends. We are indebted to all of you for your help in making this happen, and I encourage you to look at the stories of impact of our alumni (see the "Changing Lives and Making Dreams Come True" sections) as testament to what your support does for so many people's lives. In 2018, we will be making some big announcements - Center for Land-Based Learning is on the move...we can't wait to share all of the details very soon, and hope that you will share in our excitement for what the New Year will bring.
Speaking of which...Land-Based Learning's West Sacramento Urban Farm has been invited to be a part of the Miracle Gro Float at the 2018 Rose Parade! I invite all of you to peek at the TV for just a little while on the morning of January 1st, as I will be riding atop a pretty glorious float with over 27,000 roses (and a lot of other beautiful flowers too) with other community organization representatives from the West Coast. I can't wait!
Thanks again for all of your support, and I wish all of you and your families a special New Year and remainder of the holiday season.
Mary Kimball  
Executive Director  
 
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Upcoming Events
Monday, January 15, 2018 at 9 AM - 1 PM 
Cannery Urban Farm 
1500 Cannery Avenue, Davis, California 95616
 
Center for Land-Based Learning is hosting a day of service at the Cannery Farm in Davis, in honor of the life and times of Martin Luther King, Jr. We will be working on farm activities and tasks. Families welcome.





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