How FARMS Leadership Works
At the start of the school year in seven areas throughout California, we work with multiple high schools to select 30 students for each regional program from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds to participate in the yearlong program.
Students attend monthly field days during which they work with — and learn from — a mix of farmers, ranchers, teachers, agricultural business owners, environmental professionals, academics and researchers in a curriculum tailored for their region. Students identify and complete a Community Action Project by the end of the school year.
Students are encouraged to carefully consider the cultural and social needs that drive agricultural practices, and the consequences of specific choices in food production. FARMS staff and adult mentors from the agricultural industry provide the most up-to-date and progressive information about agriculture, and facilitate each students' learning over the course of the school year, helping them delve into their own interests for the future.