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
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
Applicants are advised to answer the questions as
completely as possible, as acceptance is based on the
information provided in the application. Says Ingram, Â“We
always have more applicants than spaces.Â” 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call (530) 889-7385.