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Dear Friends, We are proud to share with you the accomplishments and continued growth of the Center for Land-Based Learning during fiscal year 2015-2016. The California Farm Academy graduated another 20 new farmers from the 7-month Training Program, 11 beginning farmers were placed on six incubator farms (including the new Cannery Farm in Davis, CA), and we took the first steps to create the only accredited apprenticeship program in agriculture in California. At the same time, our flagship FARMS Leadership Program expanded to 16 counties (adding Monterey, Santa Cruz, Kings, Tulare, and Kern), added a second year “Advanced” program, and SLEWS celebrated 15 years of environmental stewardship! Our youth programs continue to open opportunities for high school students in agriculture and conservation, including new avenues for job shadows, internships, and careers. We are particularly proud of the start of a major strategic planning effort under the guidance of Third Plateau, concluding during the 2016-2017 fiscal year. We are already seeing benefits from this effort, even before the process is complete, and we are ready to tackle the bold goals we’ve set out for ourselves over the next 3-5 years. We will be sharing these goals with you in the months to come, and we couldn’t be more humbled and appreciative of the support from all of you, our friends, donors, supporters, and partners to make these goals reality. Sincerely,

Mary Kimball Executive Director

Andrea Clark Chair, Board of Directors

Opening Hearts & Minds San Joaquin Valley, 2007 I can honestly say that without my involvement in SLEWS, I would not know what I wanted to do in my life right now and would not have opened my mind and heart to so many things that have to do with our environment. yan now works in politics in Washington D.C. These quotes exemplify the experience of the SLEWS Program. Your support helps young people like Ryan and Juliana develop into active citizens who care about agriculture and the environment and are eager to give back to their community.

years ago, the SLEWS Program was launched. Four habitat restoration project sites, all on private farms and ranches in Yolo County, were host to local high school students who got their hands dirty, got real work done, and learned about themselves in the process. This was the beginning of something great. Now those hedgerows that were planted so long ago are mature and thriving, similar to many of the SLEWS Program alumni.

Sacramento Valley, 2006 The SLEWS Program helped me not only decide what I would like to study in college, but what I would like to do in life.

SLEWS Program

15 years • 200+ projects • 700 bird boxes & bee blocks • 807 field days • 6,365 student participants • 65,341 native trees & shrubs planted • 14 Counties




Ways We

The Farm Business Incubator Program provides beginning farmers access to land, water, equipment, infrastructure and other resources to help launch a farm enterprise. In 2016, eleven incubator farmers were I supported.


The Beginning Farmer Training Program is an intensive 7-month course covering what it takes to succeed as a farmer. Since 2012, 94 graduates have completed the course. 70% are farming themselves, working for a farm or in another G IN agriculture N I career.


Grow Farmers


The Apprenticeship Program is intended for those interested in furthering their career in agriculture. As a registered Apprenticeship program (pending), it requires completion of 3000 hours of on-the-job training and 288 hours of coursework.

The West Sacramento Urban Farm Program began in 2014 when Center for Land-Based Learning planted West Sacramento’s first urban farm. There are now four urban farms within the city, all of which are managed by beginning farmers. The BARN Farm will be the fifth urban farm site. Planting will begin spring 2017.

The Cannery Urban Farm in Davis includes 4 acres of farmable land with organic vegetables, poultry and orchards. The Cannery Farm is managed by Center for Land-Based Learning, which is leasing the farmland to three graduates of the California Farm Academy Program.

The Farm on Putah Creek (FOPC), located in Winters, is the headquarters of the Center for Land-Based Learning. FOPC houses the Beginning Farmer Training Program’s 1-acre teaching farm. Four additional acres are available for lease as a farm business incubator for beginning farmers.




Farm Incubator Sites

Growing Green Internship Job skills training, career exploration & college mentoring Annually: • 20+ students • Citizen Science monitoring • Farm workdays • College coursework • Community outreach and education • College mentoring

Caring for our Watersheds Environmental proposal writing and action Annually: • 400+ proposals submitted • $27,000 in prize money for top 10 proposals • Up to 10 implemented projects

CULTIVATING OPPORTUNITY FOR YOUTH: Cesar’s Story After completing FARMS Leadership Program my junior year in high school, I was given the opportunity to participate in the FARMS Advanced Program my senior year and currently participate in the Central Valley Youth Employment Program (CVYEP). You could say I have really taken advantage of the programs that cared about seeing me succeed. By completing all three of these programs, I feel more prepared than ever to go to college, finish my education and build a career in Fire Science. I learned a lot about careers in Agriculture through the FARMS Leadership Programs, but mostly I learned about how to prepare for and find a career. Most of the time, we hold ourselves back because we are afraid to fail or scared to mess up speaking in front of people. Even though I still get a little nervous, I am more confident than ever to speak in public, shake a strangers hand and introduce myself. FARMS Leadership gave me this confidence by allowing me to practice these skills in ‘real-life’ situations, proving that the only thing to fear is fear itself.

FARMS Leadership Program Provides innovative, hands-on experiences to youth at working farms, agribusinesses and universities. Annually: • 78 Field Days • 16 Counties Served • 400 Students • 44 High Schools • 125 Industry Partners

2015-2016 FINANCIALS 55% Contributions & Grants 32% Contract Revenue 5% Events, net of Expenses 5% Tuition

Total Support and Revenue

3% Other

Total Expenses

77% Programs 15% Fundraising 8% General and Administration

2015-2016 FINANCIALS Statement of Activities Contributions & grants $882,081 Contracts revenue $388,742 Events $64,548 Tuition $64,057 Rental income $3,866 Other income $36,389 Total Support & Revenue $1,439,683 Program Services $1,098,016 Fundraising $222,029 General and administration $114,448 Total expenses $1,434,493 Net Assets Beginning of Year End of Year Change in Net Assets

$495,297 $500,487 $5,190

For a complete financial report audited by Gilbert Associates, Inc., please visit

DONORS $100,000 and above Rabobank

$50,000 - $99,999 Agrium Driscolls Charitable Fund at Community Foundation Santa Cruz County Orchard Hill Family Fund S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation Wells Fargo

$25,000 - $49,999 Fresh Works California Freshworks Fund Raley’s Yocha Dehe Community Fund

$10,000 - $24,999 Amrod Charitable Foundation Bayer Crop Science City of West Sacramento Farm Credit West/American Ag Credit/CoBank Lura Meyer

Mimi & Peter Haas Foundation Miranda Lux Foundation Sierra Health Foundation Youth Outside

$5,000 - $9,999 Sacramento Bacon Fest Bank of America John & Louise Bryson John & Erin Hasbrook Craig & Juliet McNamara Carlene Moore-Ellis My Job Depends on Ag/ Central Valley Community Fund Margaret Pastor PG & E Geomar Foundation

$1,000 - $4,999 Mike Andersen Beck Ag - John Finegan Mike Boldt Donald & Diane Bransford Dan & Rhea Brunner Sheana & Lewis Butler California Cotton Alliance Ben & Denise Carter Central Valley Community Bank

Andrea Clark Community Business Bank Jay Cutler Doug & Jane Dickson James & Deborah Durst Mathea Tarnoff & Peter Falco Farming D Annie King Ana Klein John & Edyth Ledbetter Christopher & Christie Locke Los Gatos Tomato Products Tim Luberski Kris Martin & Will Middleton Alex McCalla Kathleen McNamara Arjay Miller Willie & Mollie Nelson Butte Basin Farms Catherine Oh Mary Razel Pamela Ronald RSF Social Finance Thomas Safran James Salerno Salmonson Family Trust Rob & Claire Slaymaker Gar & Ester Tootelian Charitable Foundation Paul Tu

DONORS $500 - $999

$250 - $499

Marsha & John Anderson Colusa County Farm Bureau Dan & Diana Dooley Ecological Farming Association Dennis Faist Gail Feenstra Mario Gutierrez & Debra Johnson Gary & Cary Hart Dan & Sarah Hrdy Russ & Kathy Lester Greg & Donna Lucas Bryce Lundberg John McWilliams Marvin Meyers John Ott Sam Plimpton & Wendy Shattuck Will Rogers & Kate Weese Karen & Barry Ross Sacramento Region Community Foundation Gretchen Schmidt David Shabazian Peter & Veronica Siggins Catherine & John Swan Rob & Lacey Thayer Kerry Tucker Charles & Kathryn Tyson Randy & Celia Wedding

Leslie Alexander Mark Baldassare & Cheryl Katz Dave & Linda Batcheller Ashley Boren & Dan Purtell Deborah Bruns Jane Carter Grant & Lois Chappell Scott Christensen Rich & Shelly Collins Daniel Desmond Paul Dolan Margaret Fong Stan Gambrill Rise & Keith Goebel Allen Hackett Mary Horton Gayle & David Hosley Sue Hullen Bob & Carla Kennis Nancy Lange Mark & Mary Linder Mariana Lotersztain Fatima Malik Tim Mullikin Nugget Markets Michael Pollan & Judith Belzer Richard & Evelyne Rominger Ruhstaller Nancy & Howard Shapiro Michael Teitz Martin Tuttle Unity Center of Davis

Nicole Van Vleck Steve & Andrea Weiss Jean Witzman

Up to $250 Cecilia Aguiar-Curry Margaret Amott Hilaree Anchondo Anonymous Margaret Arnold Koney Austinn Melissa Baker Robin Baral Susan Barry Wendy Baty Debbie Bergtold Caroline Berry Roberta Boegel Kimberlee Bogen Margaret & Robert Boshoven Charmaine Boulmay Laurie Brajkovich Joan Brenchley-Jackson Howard & Elizabeth Brinton Sarah Brown Catherine Brown Moira Burke Patrick & Kathy Butler Dawn & Graham Calciano Yvonne Cantrell Meredith Cenzer Claudette & Vashek Cervinka Duane Chamberlain

DONORS Up to $250 Cheney Chang Glenn Churchill Jacqueline Clemens Alan Colombano Frederic & Doreen Conte Sheila & Robert Cordrey Darrell Corti Christina Craig-Veit Jack & Barbara Crist Miles DaPrato Mara DaPrato Kristine DeGuerre Gregory Demes Barbara Dieter Susan DiTomaso John Donlevy Aimee Dour-Smith & Jia Smith Katrina Duncan Fritz & Ann Durst Amanda Dyson Lesa Eidman Richard & Chris Engel Linda Etcheverria Stephanie Etcheverria Marc & Gerta Faye James Finch Rebecca Ford Lucas & Stacie Frerichs Susan Friar Woody & Rebecca Fridae Joanna Friesner

Lisa Garcia & Joe DeAndreis Joan Gerriets Douglas & Carmen Goodin Howdy Goudey Amy Grabish Chris Granger Larry Greene Emily Griswold John & Regina Hamel Bethany Hanson & Daniel Hoffman Lawrence Harris Jane & Kevin Hart Alex Hirsch Ken & Carolyn Hodges Carole Hom Larry & Jeana Hultquist Nathan Jacobsen Richard & Rebecca Jenness Karina Jestes Lisa Kain David Kaisel Patricia Kelly Ann Marie Kennedy Charlotte Kimball Sarah Kleinberg Brent Kooistra Claire Kremen & Charles Fineman Kristin Lantz Brooke Latimer & Stanley Hodgson

Matt Lechmaier Lauren Lechmaier Tim Lechmaier Kim Lechmaier-Soat Marshall Lee Kathleen Les Katherine Linder Y.K. Lopez Kerry Loux Ian MacLeod Vincent & Petrea Marchand Anjanette Martin Sandra Maxon Stewart McMorrow Mark & Christy Mihaly Nancy Miller Keri Mistler Steven & Kathryn Miura Peter Moyle Amy Myrdal Peggy Nelson Jeff Olsen Thomas Palmer Patrick Parks Diane Parro Peggy Perry Pamela Peterson Daniel Ramos Wendy Rash Tina Reynolds John & Dana Richards Michael Rizzo

DONORS Up to $250 Warren Roberts Nicole Rogers Mindy Rosales Sherri Sandberg-Ransome Beverly Sandeen Ronni Sands Kelli Saylors Tom Scharffenberger & Victoria Simonds Mary Schiedt August & Susan Schumacher Scott Shapiro Carrie Shaw Jill Shortley Scott Singer Christi Skibbins David Sobon Al & Sandy Sokolow Tom & Meg Stallard Pamela & Stanley Stewart Katie Stille Hope Taylor Amanda Taylor Captane & Helen Thomson Lori Ann Thrupp Heidi Tschudin Joe Turkovich Katharina Ullmann Nancy Valle Scott & Susan Van Der Kar Mark Van Horn & Scarlet Huber Anne Van Roekel Mai Vang

Erik Vink Robb Wallace Vicki Warner Greg & Julie Warnock Alice Waters Jane Wells Amy Williams Brett Williams Jaime Wilson Steven Winlock Patricia Wong Jeanette Wrysinski Zarah Wyly Chris Yalonis Francisco Prieto Yolanda Valle Terri Young Brian & Marion Yoxall Janet Zeller

STAFF Mary Kimball

Executive Director

Marisa Alcorta

California Farm Academy Apprenticeship Coordinator

Jennifer Lane Allen Digital & Social Media Specialist, Contracts Coordinator

Sara Bernal

Stephanie Etcheverria

FARMS Leadership Program Director

Nicodemus Ford Cannery Farm Coordinator

Diane Friend

San Joaquin Valley Regional FARMS Leadership Program Coordinator

West Sacramento Urban Farm Program Manager

Lisa Kain

Matthew Clement

Matthew Lechmaier


West Sacramento CSA and Volunteer Coordinator

Sacramento Valley SLEWS Coordinator

Beth Del Real

Christine McMorrow

Caring for our Watersheds Coordinator

Director of Development & Communications

Shelley Donati

Carrie Peterson

Monterey & Santa Cruz FARMS Leadership Program Coordinator

Northstate FARMS Leadership Program Coordinator

Jill Siegel

Central Valley East FARMS Leadership Program Coordinator

Sridharan (Sri) Sethuratnam

California Farm Academy Program Director

Nina Suzuki

SLEWS Program Director

Karen Swan

Youth Leadership Programs Director

Colleen Taber

Kern FARMS Leadership Program Coordinator

Maureen Thompson

California Farm Academy Farmer Training Program Manager

Katie Wortman

Central Valley West FARMS Leadership Program Coordinator

BOARD of DIRECTORS 2015-2016 Board of Directors Andrea Clark Chair David Shabazian Vice Chair Ana Klein Treasurer Nicole Rogers Secretary Mike Boldt Ben Carter Doug Dickson Mario Gutierrez Jeana Hultquist Annie King, PhD Mark Linder Craig McNamara Fatima Malik

Catherine Oh Mai Vang Chris Yalonis National Advisory Board Paul Dolan A.G. Kawamura Fred Kirschenmann Anna Lappe David Mas Masumoto Michael Pollan Will Rogers Richard Rominger John Scharffenberger Howard-Yana Shapiro Nancy Shapiro Alice Waters

PARTNERS Agrium American AgCredit American River College Andy Boy Audubon California Bakersfield College Bayer Crop Sciences Bee Sweet Belmont Nursery Beretta Dairy Bidart Dairy Bitwise Industries Bolthouse Farms Butte College Butte Creek Farms Caldani Olive Ranch - Calivirgin Olive Oil California Ag Leadership Foundation California Cotton Ginners & Growers Assoc. California Department of Food and Agriculture California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo California Regional Environmental Education Community (CREEC) California State University, Chico California State University, Fresno California State University, Monterey Bay California Strawberry Commission California Walnut Board California Women for Agriculture Cardoza Brothers Farming CDFA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Central Valley Community Bank Central Valley Joint Venture CoBank Cosumnes River College

County of Yolo Dellavalle Labs Department of Water Resources Driscoll’s Earthbound Farm Earthworm Soil Factory East Stanislaus Resource Conservation District Empire Nut Company Enzo Olive Oil Company Farm Credit West Farming D - Jim Beecher Fresno County Farm Bureau Fulcrum Property Full Belly Farms Giacomazzi Dairy Grant Union High School GEO Academy Grimmway Farms Grower-Shipper Association Hartnell College Heidi Ballard, Associate Professor, UC Davis School of Education Ingelby Farms, LLC. Inland Empire Resource Conservation District International Agri-Center International Fruit Genetics Kearney Agricultural Research & Extension (KARE) Kern County Farm Bureau Kern County Water Agency Kern Machinery Kingfisher Farm Kings County Farm Bureau Locke Ranch LotPath Lower Tule River Irrigation District

PARTNERS Maloney Family Farms Mariani Nut Company Marvin Meyers McKellar Family Farms Mid Valley Cotton Growers Inc Monterey Mushrooms Mt. San Antonio College My Job Depends on Ag Nisei Farmers League Oak Park Sol Olam Orange County Farm Bureau Organic Pastures Peterson Family Farms - Vern Peterson Pitman Farms P-R Farms Premier Mushrooms Prima Fruta/ Prima Noce Packing Putah Creek Council Rabobank Raley’s Ramenofsky Lab, UC Davis Dept. of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior Reedley College River Garden Farms Co. River Partners Rosa Brothers Dairy Sacramento County Farm Bureau Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services Sacramento Splash Sacramento Urban Agriculture Coalition San Joaquin County Office of Education San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust, Inc.

Santa Rosa Junior College Say Hay Farms Seka Hills Olive Oil Sierra Orchards Simonian Farms Solano Resource Conservation District Sonoma County Farm Bureau Sonoma Resource Conservation District Soul Food Farm South Coast Research and Extension Center Suntracker Farm Sunwest Foods SunWorks Taylor Farms The Grapery The New Home Company U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service University of California, Davis University of California-Fresno Co Coop Extension University of California-Kern Co Coop Extension USDA - NRCS Vermicrop Organics VF Farms - Paul Bettencourt Water Education Foundation - Project WET Western Growers Westlands Water District Wind Wolves Preserve Yisrael Family Farm Yolo County Office of Education Yolo County Resource Conservation District Yribarren Farms Yuba-Sutter County Farm Bureau

SPONSORS & IN-KIND DONORS In Kind 6 O’Clock Farm Bella Bru Bike Dog Brewing Co. Capay Organic Del Monte Meat Co. Del Rio Botanicals Emigh Lamb Co. Farm Fresh to You Fiery Ginger Farm Free Spirit Farm Gregory Berger Hearty Fork Farm Hot Italian Inn at Park Winters Jack Rabbit Brewing Company Low Brau Matchbook Wine Company Muddy Boot Wine Next Generation Foods Panorama Organic Grass Fed Beef Produce Express Putah Creek Café Riverdog Farm Root Cause Farm Ruhstaller Sactown Magazine Sierra Orchards

SK Lasko Farm St. George Spirits Superior Farms Terra Firma Farms, Inc. Valley Truck and Tractor Wilson Vineyards Yolo Brewing Company

Event Sponsors Agralogics Brown Construction Community Business Bank David Sobon Auctions Downey Brand Farm Fresh To You Hot Italian Liberty West Sacramento Moss Adams, LLP Murphy Austin Adams Schoenfeld LLP Nugget Market Raley’s Sacramento Municipal Utility District Sactown Magazine Sierra Orchards Sunworks The Zenith Agribusiness Solutions Wells Fargo

Center for Land-Based Learning 2015-2016 Annual Report  

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