California Farm Academy

Beginning Farmer Training Program

The Beginning Farmer Training program provides aspiring farmers a strong foundation from which to launch their agricultural careers. In this intensive 7-month training program, students have the opportunity to learn in a variety of settings that appeal to different learning styles. Curriculum combines lectures by farmers and agricultural professionals, hands-on field experience, and farm visits to expose students to topics critical for a future in farmering.

The academy also spends considerable time on the business aspects of running a farm successfully: writing a business plan, obtaining financing, risk management, record-keeping, food safety, and even decision-making and problem-solving.

Visits to regional farms are a regular part of the curriculum. Classes visit some organic farms, whether certified or not, as well as conventional farms, to learn different ways of farming. Each individual decides how they want to farm. Certainly no one can learn everything about farming in seven months, but that's the beauty of the California Farm Academy program.

More information

California Farm Academy classes meet Tuesday and Thursdays, 4:30-7:30 p.m. and 2 Saturdays/month at the Center for Land-Based Learning farm or at other nearby locations.

Check out the Curriculum and Application & Deadlines sections or contact Sri Sethuratnam, California Farm Academy Director, for more information.

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