Encouraging youth to enter the food and agriculture field

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The Center for Land-Based Learning endeavors to develop more farm-to-fork communities.
Center for Land-Based Learning

Planting the Seed: Cultivating the Next Generation of Farmers

California-based, Center for Land-Based Learning, strives to cultivate appreciation and respect for the environment and agriculture, especially among youth. In response to the declining and aging farmer workforce, the Center is encouraging youth to enter the food and agriculture field.

Food Tank had the opportunity to speak with Christine McMorrow, Director of Development, at the Center for Land-Based Learning.

Food Tank (FT): How do you contribute to creating a better food system?

Christine McMorrow (CM): The Center for Land-Based Learning contributes to a better food system by cultivating opportunities for youth and adults to engage with and learn about the complex issues that factor into how our food is produced, harvested, stored, distributed, and sold.

Our youth programs develop leadership skills that help young people to navigate the complex issues that factor into food system decisions. Students get out of the classroom and onto farms and ranches, into processing facilities, and post-secondary institutions to learn about college and career pathways in agriculture and natural resources management. They enhance native habitat on farms through restoration work and learn best practices for agricultural and natural resources conservation.

Our beginning farmer training program, the California Farm Academy, provides training and support to increase the number of farmers in California. We are reducing the barriers to entering into a farming profession with an associated business incubator program that provides access to land, infrastructure, peer-to-peer and marketing support for small-scale farmers ready to begin farming.

FT: What is a project, program, or result you are most proud of?

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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.