FARM EDUCATION PROGRAMS

ALBA

The Agriculture & Land-Based Training Association (‘ALBA’) works to create economic opportunity for limited-resource and aspiring organic farmers through bilingual, land-based education in the heart of the Salinas Valley. Their 100-acre training facility and 5-year “Farmer Education & Enterprise Development” (FEED) program serves hard-working, low-income farm workers and aspiring farmers seeking a better life through agricultural entrepreneurship. 

Center for Land-based Learning

Based in Sacramento & Yolo Counties, the Center for Land Based Learning inspires, educates, and cultivates future generations of farmers, agricultural leaders and natural resource stewards. From the Farm Academy to their incubator program, come kick-start your farming career.

School of Adaptive Agriculture

Based in Willits, CA, this school works to improve agricultural literacy and food security, offering residential programs and courses exploring diverse methods of holistic crop and livestock production for farmers, home scale producers and youth.

Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems

Based at UC Santa Cruz, the mission of CASFS is to research, develop, and advance sustainable food and agricultural systems that are environmentally sound, economically viable, socially responsible, nonexploitative, and that serve as a foundation for future generations.

Shone Farm, Santa Rosa Junior College

Ranked #1 in the Nation for College Farms, Shone Farm is a 365-acre outdoor learning laboratory offering a hands-on experience. In addition to viticulture, animal sciences and forestry, the SRJC offers a sustainable agriculture program where students can learn sustainable farming practices on a commercial scale and are involved in planting, harvesting, packing, pricing, and selling vegetables and fruit.

MESA

The Multicultural Exchange Program for Farmers (MESA) cultivates a global grassroots network of food and farming leaders dedicated to reviving community food systems. Through experiential learning in agroecology and horizontal exchanges for food sovereignty, MESA links ancestral knowledge with innovation rooted in earth stewardship, equitable economies, and multicultural alliances worldwide. Programs include international exchange, online education courses and Bay Area farmer training programs.