California Farm Academy

Beginning Farmer Training Program

Program Overview

The Beginning Farmer Training Program provides aspiring farmers a strong foundation from which to launch and grow their farm businesses. In this immersive educational program, students have the opportunity to gain farm production and business knowledge in a variety of settings that appeal to different learning styles. Throughout their time in the Training Program, the next generation of motivated, hard-working farm entrepreneurs gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence to begin working towards their farming goals.

Classes & Curriculum

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 farming. During the seven-month Training Program, lessons focus on crop production, business planning and marketing, and culminate in a personal business plan.

To learn more about the Training Program curriculum, take a look at our detailed program content.

Dates & Additional Information

Admission Requirements & Application Process

The 9th Class has been enrolled and the application period is closed. We will begin accepting applications for the 10th Class in the fall of 2022. Classes for that cohort will begin February 2023.

Application & Admission


The cost of tuition for the 2022 season is $4750. Tuition covers classes, hands-on experience, individual meetings with the Program Manager and farm visits. Printed curriculum materials are provided, as are the necessary machinery, tools and supplies for the activities. The California Farm Academy offers veterans tuition assistance and encourages veterans to apply.

There is no application fee, however full or partial payment for the program is required upon acceptance in order to secure a place in the session. If minimum payment is not made by the due date, the participant will lose their spot in the program and it may be offered to a wait-listed applicant. A 10% surcharge will be deducted from any refund of tuition after a student withdraws from the program. Once class has started, tuition is non-refundable.

More information

Jon Kupkowski, Beginning Farmer Training Program Manager
(916) 400-9480

Sri Sethuratnam, California Farm Academy Director
(530) 795-4146

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