"This experience has really provided a true hands-on learning experience that a classroom environment cannot. I deeply appreciate all the work that the team and staff have done to make this possible for students especially those who come from the city and a disadvantaged background. Thank you again."
A recently completed survey of almost 100 FARMS graduates from 1996 - 2009 tells us that:
- FARMS graduates learn the skills to think and act differently. 91% of those surveyed said that they cared about where their food comes from, 80% try to buy foods that are locally grown, and 76% eat lots of fruits and vegetables.
- FARMS graduates are encouraged to continue their studies in college. They have toured campuses, met professors and instructors, spoken individually with farmers and agricultural business people, and learned about internships, work study and summer jobs. As a result, 23% of those who attended college majored in agricultural or environmental sciences.
- FARMS graduates learn to express themselves, speak out, take charge, and work cooperatively with people who are different from themselves. 56% of the FARMS graduates have a career involving the agricultural or environmental sciences, and 85% have been involved in community or volunteer work.
California benefits from these future leaders who are prepared with knowledge about agriculture and the environment and the skills to make measured, informed decisions to support healthy communities.