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New Academy Teaches Beginning Farmers

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, February 20, 2012

The Center for Land-Based Learning will teach 20 students at its California Farm Academy in Winters for the next 24 weeks.  Each student will work a half-acre plot and receive instruction on farm production and business planning.   Jennifer Taylor is the Academy's director.  She says the Academy's goal is to make sure there's a future for family farms in California.

TAYLOR: "Our interest with the California Farm Academy is first and foremost with the Sacramento Valley and the California region to keep the farms that we have here in the hands of family farmers and individual farmers."

Scott Archibald is a student.  He says he dislikes not knowing how his food was grown or who grew it.

ARCHIBALD: "So much of our food is processed.  It comes from who knows where and none of it resembles anything that grows naturally such as a piece of lettuce."  

After students graduate in August, the Academy may lease land to students or match students with farmers who have unused land.  

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