Nov 8 - Dec 31, 2018

Center for Land-Based Learning

Mission

Our mission is to inspire, educate, and cultivate the next generation of farmers, agriculture leaders, and natural resource stewards. We envision a prosperous and sustainable agriculture harmony with an ecologically vibrant California.

The Big Idea

The FARMS (Farming, Agriculture, Resource Management for Sustainability) Leadership cohort is comprised of a culturally and socially diverse group of students from multiple high schools, throughout the county. High school students apply to the program and if accepted, commit to a series of 7 monthly, hands-on field days throughout the school year. This multi-year program provides awareness of the agriculture and resource management industry, while developing students leadership and job skills. Upon completing the program, alumni are supported in job shadow and internship placements. Our goal is to expose students to the multitude of job opportunities and nurture a passion for agriculture and the environment in youth throughout Monterey County.

While FARMS Leadership Programs have existed in other parts of the state for years, it’s relatively new to the Monterey Bay area. The Resource Conservation District of Monterey County was very excited to hear of the opportunity to have a local FARMS Leadership Program, as it blends well with our organization’s goals for youth conservation education in the context of agricultural sciences and production and fills a gap in local high school opportunities. Monterey County is blessed with a combination of an incredibly beautiful land/seascape and some of the most productive agriculture in the world. As such, it is critical that we foster young ag scientists and farmers to work compatibly with the environment in order to prepare them for stewarding our local natural and agricultural resources into the future.

- Paul Robins