FARMS Program

The Center for Land-Based Learning’s FARMS Program exposes urban, suburban, and rural high schoolers to innovative, hands-on experiences at working farms, agribusinesses, and in higher education. For 30 years, FARMS has served diverse communities throughout California, from Red Bluff and Bakersfield to Vacaville and Monterey. Thousands of high-school youth have been introduced to culturally valuable, well-paying careers in agriculture and environmental sciences for the first time.

Youth

Get Involved

FARMS can’t reach its potential without the support of teachers, program partners, alumni, and funders. Help us take youth to the next level by getting involved. For questions and information, contact Mindy Cunha at mindy@landbasedlearning.org.

Center for Land-Based Learning FARMS students at Sierra Orchards Field Day October 26, 2023. Photo by Fred Greaves for Center for Land-Based Learning

Farms Leadership

Students develop leadership skills and apply agriculture practices that contribute to a healthy, sustainable ecosystem. Participants encounter real workplace settings, explore careers in agriculture and environmental science, and chart a course to join tomorrow’s workforce.

Farms Advanced

FARMS Advanced is the second phase of the FARMS Program journey. Students participate in targeted field days that dig much deeper into agriculture and environmental science careers and vital workforce skills, such as leadership, interpersonal communication, resume creation, and networking.

Center for Land-Based Learning FARMS students at Sierra Orchards Field Day October 26, 2023. Photo by Fred Greaves for Center for Land-Based Learning

Farms Internship

Paid internships and job shadows are the capstone of the FARMS continuum and allow students to practically apply their knowledge. This opportunity is open to all program alumni interested in pursuing a career in agriculture or environmental sciences. 

For questions and information about internship opportunities, contact Mindy Cunha at mindy@landbasedlearning.org.

North State*: Yuba, Sutter, Colusa, Tehama counties

Monterey Bay*: Monterey and Santa Cruz counties

Sacramento Valley: Sacramento and Yolo counties

Central Valley*: Madera, Fresno, Tulare and Kings counties

Kern*: Kern County

Sonoma: Sonoma County

*Region is served by FARMS Leadership and FARMS Advanced