The Center for Land-Based Learning is dedicated to creating the next generation of farmers and exposing students to the importance of agriculture and watershed stewardship. Innovative hands-on work and learning opportunities develop leadership skills. Participants understand nutrition and how sustainable agriculture contributes to healthier living. CLBL Programs, listed below, are implemented in 15 California counties.
The FARMS Leadership Program brings urban high school students to a working farm or ranch and teaches them agricuture basics and live skills. Students are also exposed to post-secondary and career opportunities in agriculture, food, and environmental sciences, helping them make critical decisions about the next steps in their lives.
The SLEWS Program teaches high school students about habitat restoration and protection while they work on California farms and ranches. Students get hands-on experience planting native species, building and installing bird nest boxes, and installing drip irrigation systems.
The GreenCorps Program offers high school and college students farm-focused internships. Interns spend the summer developing job skills, performing communnity service, and learning about sustainable agriculture and environmental stewardship.
The California Farm Academy (CFA) is California's only beginning farmer training program for working professionals. Combining classes, hands-on training, farm visits and field trips, the CFA is designed to develop the next generation of farmers.
The Farm on Putah Creek is a 40-acre diversified crop farm in Winters, CA and headquarters to CLBL's statewide progarms. The Farm offers a variety of educational programs to the public and also rents out its facilities for corporate retreats and weddings.