Dear Friends of Land-Based Learning,
I wanted to thank you again for your support and generosity this year. Recently an article was published in Edible Marin and Wine Country magazine about the FARMS Leadership Program, and it made me think of you. The article, written by Kirsten Neff, chronicled a 2016 participant in Sonoma County named Jose whose life was changed by the Program. Jose wasn't engaged in school and didn't have any idea what the future held for him. His teacher, however, saw his potential and thought that an out-of-classroom learning experience might be just the type of thing that Jose needed to get him excited about learning. It worked and now Jose is enrolled at Santa Rosa Jr. College, studying Animal Science, working at the school's farm and has dreams of owning his own dairy operation one day. Jose's story wouldn't be possible without you and your generous support. Will you make your donation today, to ensure hundreds of students can have life changing experiences too? I encourage you to read the entire article to learn the full impact of your support. It can be found here: Edible Marin & Wine Country. Thank you.   
Every act of your generosity helps us further our mission. In fact, your gift has not only helped make Jose's story possible, your gift ensured that nearly a dozen beginning farmers got their start farming this year on one of our 8 farm incubator sites in Yolo County. These new farmers are inspired to work the land and we need them to do so! As the average age of the American farmer continues to rise, and more and more retire, it is essential that new recruits are trained and supported. Please, make your donation today, to secure the future for a new crop of beginning farmers in 2018.   

Jose Reyes, FARMS Leadership participant, Windsor Oaks Academy.
There are a lot of great things in store for 2018! Specifically, the Center for Land-Based Learning will reach two big milestones--the FARMS Leadership Program will celebrate 25 years of programming and our Executive Director Mary Kimball will celebrate 20 years of leading the Center for Land-Based Learning. As the first employee of the organization, Mary has kept the vision and mission of Land-Based Learning at the forefront of everything we do. I hope we can count on you to make your donation today and show your support for these incredible milestones. If you prefer to make your donation online, please use this link: DONATE. Thank you again for a wonderful 2017.  
Happy Holidays!  
Christine McMorrow  
Director of Development and Communications  
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Land-Based Learning Welcomes New Board Members
Leili Ghazi

Leili Ghazi is responsible for managing the agribusiness lending operations of CoBank's Western Region, which includes the Sacramento and Spokane banking centers. These banking centers support agribusiness customers in 10 states, including California, Washington, Idaho, Arizona, Oregon, Montana, Nevada, Utah, Hawaii and Alaska. Ms. Ghazi also manages the bank's relationship with Farm Credit associations serving the western United States.

Ms. Ghazi's team specializes in serving the needs of Farm Credit associations as well as agricultural cooperatives that process, market, transport and export agricultural commodities. The majority of these customers are in the fruit, nut and vegetable; wine; dairy and livestock industries. Ms. Ghazi is based in Sacramento and is a member of CoBank's Senior Leadership Team. Prior to becoming Western Region president, Ms. Ghazi served as senior vice president and division manager for CoBank's Agricultural Export Finance Division. In that role, she oversaw the bank's international banking and trade finance business in support of U.S. agricultural product exports.

Rebecca Smith
Downey Brand Attorneys, LLP

Rebecca is a water resources attorney practicing with Downey Brand LLP in Sacramento, California, and an alumna of the Center for Land-Based Learning's FARMS Leadership Program. Today, Rebecca is active both in the firm's Water Law practice and in its well-reputed Food and Ag practice. Because of her joint involvement in these complementary practice areas, Rebecca lends a special understanding of food production and agricultural legal issues to her water law practice.

Born into a family of veterinarians and a lifelong California native, Rebecca is a passionate water lawyer with a close connection to her clients and the people and land they serve. She is in demand as a public speaker and author, and regularly gives presentations on water right issues and permit compliance, land use, and public agency law to clients and industry groups.

Read Rebecca's Full Bio Here
Grant Guerrieri
Clark Pacific

Grant Guerrieri grew up in Davis, CA, on a 7-acre property raising goats, poultry and horses. He enjoyed being outdoors hiking, gardening and horseback riding. He and his wife recently moved into a historic Davis home originally built in 1880 and have been slowly fixing it up.

Grant started working at Clark Pacific as a laborer pouring concrete panels at the tender age of 16, during summer, winter and spring breaks from school. He graduated from Sacramento State University in 2010 with a degree in Civil engineering. Grant is currently a registered engineer with the title of Project Manager at Clark Pacific, focused on coordination, fabrication and erection of precast structures across the West Coast. Specifically, he manages structural garage and residential housing projects. Grant is also the General Manager of The Maples Event Center and Sugarland Horse Park in Woodland.

Land-Based Learning Welcomes New Staff
Elaine Swiedler
Calfornia Farm Academy Apprenticeship Program Coordinator

Elaine Swiedler is the Program Coordinator for the California Farm Academy Apprenticeship Program. She works with the Apprenticeship Program Manager on apprentice recruitment and selection, curriculum and program protocol development, and other program operations. She joined the Center for Land-Based Learning in 2017.

Elaine grew up in Oakland, California, and graduated from the University of California, Davis with a B.S. in Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning and a B.A. in Economics. While at UC Davis, she worked as a Lead Student Farmer at the UC Davis Student Farm Market Garden and helped plan the Alternatives in Agriculture seminar course. She also held several sustainability positions, working on campus and UC-wide sustainability efforts.

Read Elaine's Full Bio Here
Nancy Dibble
San Joaquin Valley FARMS Leadership Advanced Coordinator

Nancy has been involved in agriculture and education for the majority of her life and loves creating curriculum that engages and inspires students. She was an active FFA member in high school, showing sheep and learning to judge livestock. She started her career in the horse industry as a teenager training horses for others and buying, training, and reselling them. Wanting to learn more, she went to Cal Poly SLO, where she met her husband of 42 years and added cattle ranching to her program.

During her 27 years of teaching science in both middle school and then high school, Nancy learned that it was the field experiences that she planned for her students that had the greatest impact, overall, on their learning. It is these field experiences that would often "hook" a student into wanting to go back to the classroom, engage, apply, work and learn! Her experiences teaching for the Center for Advanced Research and Technology (CART) in Clovis, Ca. "sold" her on the importance of including industry partners with field experience. This was a new and exciting way to teach and it was because of this that Nancy joined the team at the Center for Land Based Learning after retiring in June 2017 from Fresno Unified School District.

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