FARMS Leadership

FARMS Leadership students at a farm field day

The FARMS (Farming, Agriculture, and Resource Management for Sustainability) Leadership program introduces, trains, and recruits high school students for college and career opportunities in agriculture and environmental sciences.

Through my time in FARMS, I was able to deepen my knowledge of the agriculture industry as a whole. Coming from a family that used to work in the fields, I never thought I would want to work in the agriculture industry. FARMS allowed me to take this blindfold off and lead me to my passion.
Juan Perez, 2016-2017 Monterey/Santa Cruz FARMS Leadership participant

For the past 24 years, the FARMS Leadership Program has been expanding opportunities for high school students who have a passion for agriculture. A second year program, FARMS Advanced, was added in 2015 and for the first time in 2017, paid internships were offered to graduates of the Advanced program. Four students were interviewed and selected for placement with three of our Strategic Partners.

We currently run programs in sixteen (16) areas:

To find out about field days in the above areas, visit our blog:

Farms On Location


Almond Board Beck Ag Homegrown Organic Farms California Walnut Board
Driscolls Farm Credit Sunwest Foods Lagomarsino Group
Ingleby Farms & Forests My Job Depends on Ag Los Gatos Tomato Products Sysco
Rio Bravo Ranch Grimmway Farms California Cotton Alliance Clif Bar Family Foundation
Gar Tootelian, Inc. Gar & Esther Tootelian Charitable Foundation Teichert Foundation  

Other Funders

Archer Daniels Midland • Bayer Fund • Brandt Foundation • John and Louise Bryson • California Department of Food and Agriculture • Clif Bar Family Foundation • Community Foundation of Monterey County/Monterey Gives! • Crown Harvesting • Carlene Ellis-Moore • Enterprise Foundation • FarmingD | Jim Beecher • Madera County Farm Bureau • Mandelin, Inc. • Northern Monterey Community Foundation • Sacramento County Farm Bureau • Salmonson Family Foundation • Sierra Pacific Foundation • Robert and Claire Slaymaker • The Irma Ceunis & Simone Wynant Foundation • TriCal, Inc. • Union Pacific Railroad • Yuba-Sutter County Farm Bureau