Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Placer/Nevada office of the University of California 
Cooperative Extension (UCCE) is accepting applications for 
another Beginning Farming Academy in Auburn on April 4-5, 
2014. The class runs from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, 
April 4, and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 5. 
Online applications must be submitted by March 21, 2014 
at 5 p.m.

This 2-day intensive introduction to starting a small farm 
or ranch will help prospective producers learn the basics 
of market-driven farming. Students will learn how to 
assess their land and other resources, investigate markets 
for their products, and analyze the economic viability of 
their operation.

The Beginning Farming Academy is partially funded by a 
Specialty Crop Block Grant from the California Department 
of Food and Agriculture, so instruction and materials are 
provided free of charge. Meal cost for the two days is 
$70, and includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks on 
Friday as well as breakfast, lunch and snacks on Saturday.
The class is limited to 15 prospective producers. To 
apply, please complete the online application form at 
http://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=11976. 
Applicants are advised to answer the questions as 
completely as possible, as acceptance is based on the 
information provided in the application. Says Ingram, “We 
always have more applicants than spaces.” Applications 
must be submitted by March 21 at 5 p.m. Applicants will 
be notified during the following week whether they have 
been accepted into the Beginning Farming Academy.

For questions or more information, please contact Cindy 

Fake at cefake@ucanr.edu or call (530) 889-7385.