Happy New Year! The last two months here in Winters and in the Sacramento region have been monumental in terms of rainfall...we are now well on our way to ending the 5-year drought, and everyone is very, very thankful. Today, the skies are blue and the grass is quickly growing in the orchards and fields around our office, which is a perfect analogy to what we here at the Center for Land-Based Learning are experiencing. Tremendous growth! In 2016, we added nine (9) new staff members to the organization. Most of these staff members are supporting two of our many model programs; California Farm Academy and the FARMS Leadership Program.
Tremendous support from
are fueling expansion of the first year
FARMS Leadership Program
into new counties in California; In two years time, we have increased our reach from 250 to 450 high school students per year in FARMS Year 1, and have added Tulare, Kings, Kern, Monterey, Santa Cruz, and Tehama Counties...with goals for Stanislaus County in 2018. We have added a second year, FARMS Advanced Program in the Fresno region, serving close to 20 students in a deep-dive, problem-solving, network-creating, workforce development opportunity for our 1st year FARMS graduates. We have partnered with
My Job Depends on Ag
to provide 15 scholarships to our alumni that are studying agriculture at college. And this summer, we will be piloting even more opportunity - PAID internships and job shadows with our industry partners, such as
, GAR Tootelian, and so many others.
Interested? Give us a call, we'd be happy to talk to you about getting your company involved with these opportunities around the state.
The California Farm Academy
expanded in 2016 to include a new pilot program, a 3,000 hour accredited
for beginning farmers. Over 50 people applied for five Apprentice positions with
Soil Born Farm
Say Hay Farms
. We added the Cannery Farm to our Farm Business Incubator, and now taking shape in West Sacramento is our new Farm at the
. The BARN Farm wouldn't be possible without our lead partners;
, Morton-Marcine Friedman Foundation, and
If you live or work in the region, let us know if you would like a tour of either of these very exciting new Incubator farms, and the amazing beginning farmers that are up and running, growing and providing healthy, fresh veggies for the community
I was very honored to be interviewed just a few weeks ago for
Farm to Table Talk
, hosted by Roger Wasson, regarding all of our work training and developing the next generation of farmers. If you haven't heard of this podcast - check it out - Roger does a great job of spanning the food and agriculture sector, and you can find the podcast on
Finally, one of our longest running programs,
, turned 15 in 2016. We were honored with a tremendous award from
in December, called the Mary Brill Youth Excellence Award, for the SLEWS Program. You can read more about the award
. We are excited to be planning a wonderful celebration of the past 15 years, and to launch the next 15, with an event on April 2nd to celebrate all that is SLEWS!
Thanks to all of you, again, for your tremendous support of ALL of our programming and work throughout the state - now reaching 28 counties! Again, a Happy New Year to all.