Dear Friends of the Center for Land-Based Learning,

This fall marks the 23rd year of the FARMS Leadership Program. What started as a single program with 30 students in 1993 has grown to fifteen programs statewide, serving more than 400 students in 16 counties. New program opportunities have been added to help build a career pipeline and provide additional support to students on their pathway to careers in agriculture and environmental sciences.

Central Valley East Track 2 - Students from Clovis East, Golden West, Orosi, Mt. Whitney,
and Reedley attended the kick-off event for the FARMS Leadership Program year.

FARMS Leadership Advanced Program, now in its second year, is one of the new opportunities in which FARMS Leadership Program students get to take a deeper dive into agricultural issues by spending the year working with a lead farmer. This year students will explore the economic impacts of water quality and quantity in California, with lead farmer Paul Betancourt in Fresno County. Yes, it's a big topic, but that is our goal, to help students navigate complex issues and in the process gain skills and knowledge that lead them to career and college opportunities.

Central Valley East Track 2 - McKeller Family Farms. Clovis East, Golden West, Orosi, Mt. Whitney, and Reedley students were introduced to food production and the world of agriculture.

A partnership with My Job Depends On Ag funded scholarships for FARMS Leadership Advanced Program students pursuing degrees in agriculture and environmental sciences. This summer, we will be working with alumni to add another piece of the career pipeline to the FARMS Leadership Program. This will include internship and job shadow placement. Our goal is to place 6 FARMS Leadership Advanced Program alumni into paid internships and place another 6 alumni in job shadows, where they will gain experience and grow their networks in the agriculture industry.

Central Valley West Track 1 - San Joaquin River Parkway. Students from Central West, Madera South and Kerman dissected owl pellets to learn more about what they eat and their role in the food chain.

The future of FARMS Leadership is bright and I am excited to continue growing these programs throughout the state. As we build a continuum of experiences for youth from career awareness to career exploration, I am confident that FARMS Leadership Program alumni will leave our program as advocates for agriculture and ready for careers and college.

Central Valley West Track 1 - San Joaquin River Parkway. Students from Central West, Madera South and Kerman participated in many hands-on activities related to ecology, conservation and habitat.


P.S. In October, the newest FARMS Leadership Program site in Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties had their inaugural kick-off event and first field day. Students from North Salinas High School, Everett Alvarez High School, Soledad High School, Gonzales High School, and Watsonville High School will spend the year working with industry partners including Driscoll's, Taylor Farms, Elk Horn Slough, Monterey Mushrooms, and D'Arrigio Farms. Click here to read about their first field day.
FARMS Students Reflect on What They've Learned

FARMS Leadership Monterey
FARMS Leadership Monterey

Land-Based Learning Job Opening
FARMS Leadership Program Coordinator, Tehama County
Application Deadline: December 1, 2016

The FARMS Leadership Coordinator position is part-time with flexible work hours. With the expectations of working 20 hours a week, starting a new program may require more hours in one week than others. Generally, it takes about 40 hours to plan, implement and clean up from one field day.

The deadline to apply for California Farm Academy's Beginning Farmer Training Program and the Apprenticeship Program is November 14th. For questions about California Farm Academy Programs, call (530) 795-4146 or visit
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