The California Farm Academy has seen tremendous growth over the last 6 years. What started as a training program now includes a farm business incubator program and a registered Farm and Ranch Manager apprenticeship program. The ultimate goal is to train and support new farmers and to develop a skilled farm work force. Applications for Farmer Training, Business Incubator and Apprenticeship are now being sought for the 2018 programs.
To date, 111 aspiring new farmers have graduated. Over 70% of them are now either farming or working in the field of agriculture.
Farm Business Incubator Program – Provides low cost land leases for those who are ready to start their farm enterprises. Land is available at three locations: West Sacramento Urban Farm, the Cannery in Davis, and the Farm on Putah Creek in Winters. These sites provide a diverse range of opportunities in terns of scale for new farmers. There is a strong mentorship component and workshops are offered regularly to guide these beginning farmers in building a successful farm enterprise.