Dear Friends of the Center for Land-Based Learning,
The California Farm Academy has seen tremendous growth over the last 6 years. What started as a training program now includes a farm business incubator program and a registered Farm and Ranch Manager apprenticeship program. The ultimate goal is to train and support new farmers and to develop a skilled farm work force.

Applications are currently being accepted for the California Farm Academy & for the Farm and Ranch Manager Apprenticeship.

Beginning Farmer Training Program - This is the starting point of the California Farm Academy. Through a combination of classroom instruction, farm tours and field work, participants develop a business plan and out their next steps in pursuing their dreams of farming.

To date, 111 aspiring new farmers have graduated. Over 70% of them are now either farming or working in the field of agriculture.

Farm Business Incubator Program - Provides low cost land leases for those who are ready to start their farm enterprises. Land is available at three locations: West Sacramento Urban Farm, the Cannery in Davis, and the Farm on Putah Creek in Winters. These sites provide a diverse range of opportunities in terns of scale for new farmers. There is a strong mentorship component and workshops are offered regularly to guide these beginning farmers in building a successful farm enterprise.

Apprenticeship Program - For individuals who want to pursue a career in agriculture. We expect our graduates to either fill critical management positions on farms across the state, take the reins from farmers looking at retirement, or to launch their own farming operations. This two year program matches and places apprentices on farms in the Yolo, Solano and Sacramento region where they learn all aspects of managing a farm.
Sri Sethuratnam 
California Farm Academy Director 
Thank You to Our October 8th Dinner Sponsors
Thanks to all of our sponsors for Dinner at the Barn! Presenting Sponsor Raley's, Farm Sponsors Murphy Austin Adams Schoenfeld LLP, Downey Brand and Table Sponsors Moss Adams, McDonald's, Clark Pacific, EatFarm2Fork Entercom, Central Valley Community Bank, Community Business Bank, Liberty, City of West Sacramento & David Sobon Auctions. The delicious dinner was prepared by Chef David Dein of The Patriot. Riverview Media Photography ( did a great job despite the wind. Thank you! View pictures of the dinner here.

We would also like to thank our guests and auction item winners for your support of Center for Land-Based Learning. Did you miss the dinner and live auction? That's OK! You can still show your support with a donation today.

The Center for Land-Based Learning exists to
cultivate opportunity. 

For the land.
For youth.
For the environment.
For business.
For the economy.
For the future of agriculture.

Please make a tax-deductible contribution today.  

Thank you for your support.