6th Class of Beginning Farmers to Graduate
Since February, 17 aspiring farmers have gathered weekly, racking up over 220 hours of classroom and field based instruction. From basic crop planning and production, to soil science, pest management, irrigation methods, greenhouse work, and tractor driving, these students have worked hard over the last seven months to get to this day-Graduation!

Armed with a robust business plan, the creation of which is a major component of the California Farm Academy curriculum, these graduates are ready to face their future and get started farming. Since its start in 2012, 94 people have graduated from the program. Over 70% of those graduates are either farming or working in the field of agriculture.

Tom Willey, retired co-founder of T & D Willey Farms, a successful 75-acre organic farm in Madera will be the keynote speaker. Craig McNamara, our founder and president of the California Department of Food and Agriculture board, Mary Kimball, Land-Based Learning Executive Director and Farm Academy Director, Sri Sethuratnum will also address the graduates.
Meet Land-Based Learning's New Board Members

Kevin Spafford
Legacy by Design, LLC

Building on a 20 year career in the insurance business, 10 years as a small business entrepreneur, and now as a wealth manager, Kevin brings an incredible depth and breadth of financial planning services and family business experiences to the Center for Land-Based Learning.

Lance Richard
Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Communications - Sacramento

Lance Richard is Vice President and Market Manager for Entercom Communications, the fourth largest radio company in the United States with 127 radio stations in 28 media markets. In Sacramento, his is responsible for managing five different radio stations that collectively reach over one million listeners each week.

A Limited Number of Dinner Tickets Are Still Available
Have you gotten your tickets? If not, purchase them now before they are gone. The Patriot chefs are going to create some delicious surprises for you. We aren't revealing the entire menu just yet, but we'll let you know that it involves Panorama Grass-Fed Meats and Superior Farms lamb! Take a look at some of the amazing items we will be auctioning off after dinner.


Come See Land-Based Learning at the Farm-to-Fork Festival!

This Saturday, come down to the 2017 Farm-to-Fork Festival, find our booth and test your veggie-parts knowledge. Can you match all 15 produce leaves to their seeds? If so, we'll send you home with a set of hand illustrated native plant identification cards.

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.

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