School for Wannabe Farmers


The Center for Land-Based Learning still has a few spots left in its spring Explorer Course, a six-week session that offers people interested in farming an introduction to the field. The once-weekly program will run from May 22 to July 3 and feature online classes, a farm tour and a hands-on field session.

The program is an entry-level course, suitable for people interested in farming as well as those who are considering farming as a career. The cost is $950. The two-and-a-half-hour sessions will be held on Saturdays. A second session of Explorer Course will be offered in late summer, Aug. 21 to Sept. 25.

The Woodland-based Center for Land-Based Learning offers a variety of educational programs, apprenticeships and hands-on projects. Its highly regarded California Farm Academy, an intensive seven-month-long program for people already committed to a career in farming, is currently on hiatus because of the pandemic.

For more information on how to apply for the Explorer Course, email California Farm Academy director Sri Sethuratnam at For more information about the Center for Land-Based Learning and its programs, go to the website.