Monday, February 13, 2012

New Beginning Farmer and Rancher Training in Sonoma County

University of California Cooperative Extension in Sonoma County is launching the first in a series of three trainings (one training each year) for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers in Sonoma County in partnership with Santa Rosa Junior College, Latino Service Providers, Sonoma County Ag & Open Space District, County of Sonoma, California FarmLink, and the Redwood Empire Food Bank.

The program provides nine months of customized training for beginning farmers and ranchers, including:
Farming and ranching training by SRJC agricultural instructors and others
Development of a successful business plan.
Opportunities for hands-on mentorship training with established Master farmers & ranchers in Sonoma County.
Access to affordable farmland and other resources.
Classes start March 30th and are usually held the last Friday of the month from 9am to 5pm at Santa Rosa Junior College’s Shone Farm.

• Learn valuable farming & ranching practices, as well as business and finance savvy from their experts:
Laura Mendes, Experienced Ag Instructor
Paul Bozzo, Small Business Development Center Consultant
Master Farmers and Ranchers.
Limited Scholarships Available!

Applications (due March 5th):

English Version

Spanish Version

This is a 3-year USDA funded project for Sonoma County to grow more farmers and ranchers and strengthen our local food system.

The deadline for applications is March 5, with the first class beginning March 30.

For more information, contact:

Linda Peterson, UCCE Fabiola Espinosa
BFRD Project Coordinator BFRDP Bilingual Coordinator
(707)565-2648 (707) 799-2577