A Warm Welcome to our Newest Staff Members
Michael Ackley-Grady
Sacramento Valley and San Joaquin FARMS Leadership Program Coordinator

Michael grew up in Sacramento, California and was an active member of both 4-H and FFA. His passion has always been raising and showing livestock and the agriculture industry. He competed throughout California, as well as nationally, showing hogs, sheep, and meat goats.

Currently, Michael is raising show goats, judging livestock shows, and is the Casa Roble FFA Booster's club president. He is very excited to be the new San Joaquin and Sacramento Valley FARMS Leadership Coordinator and combine his passions for Agriculture and working with youth.

James Farlin
Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties FARMS Leadership Program Coordinator

James Farlin accepted the role of FARMS Leadership Coordinator Monterey in August 2017. Prior to 2017 he earned his Ph.D. in Ecology from UC Davis and spent a year as a postdoctoral researcher at University of Nevada, Reno.

During his Ph.D., he worked with the Center for Land-Based Learning and their SLEWS program, and it helped refine his passion for engaging students with outdoor education about environmental issues. He also has applied experience working for the County of San Diego as an Environmental Scientist, specifically working with insect control in urban and agricultural environments.

Read James' Full Bio Here
Greg Gonsalez-Swaim
San Joaquin FARMS Leadership  
Program Coordinator

Greg grew up on the outskirts of southeast Bakersfield, in Kern County and although he lived in the "country," it wasn't until his freshman year of high school where he was truly introduced to agriculture through the FFA program. It was in high school that his passion for agriculture took shape. From raising and showing sheep at the Kern County Fair to competing at the state level in various FFA contests; from sales to public speaking, his love for agriculture quickly grew.

When Greg moved to Tulare County he knew that he wanted to get back involved in agriculture education. He looks forward to working with students and helping them develop leadership skills and introduce them to agriculture through the FARMS Leadership Program!

Leo Tuchman
SLEWS Program Coordinator

Leo joined Land-Based Learning in 2017, taking the lead on coordinating a number of SLEWS projects in Yolo and Solano counties.

He graduated from UC Davis the same year with a BS in Environmental Horticulture and Urban Forestry, focusing his studies on restoration and biodiversity.

Native to Los Angeles, Leo discovered his passion for restoration and education in high school, participating in programs similar to SLEWS in the area as well as working at a children's summer camp for the arts. Upon arriving at UC Davis in 2013, his studies drew him to landscape restoration and the role different plant species play in restoration efforts.

Alycen Wayman
North State FARMS Leadership Program Coordinator

Alycen Wayman grew up in the heart of Colusa County, surrounded by all that our great fertile Northern California has to offer from Almonds to Zucchini. She has seen it all grow and flourish through the county.

Alycen's main focus has been rice and cattle but is excited to start working with the Center for Land-Based Learning. She is ready to help get our local students educated about the numerous career opportunities available in our vast agricultural community.

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