Get ‘jumpstart’ on farming with beginners’ academy Nov. 6-7 |

Get ‘jumpstart’ on farming with beginners’ academy Nov. 6-7

Beginning Farming Academy field trip to Sweet Roots Farm in April.
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The Placer and Nevada Counties Farm Advisors’ office of University of California Cooperative Extension is accepting applications for the Beginning Farming Academy in Auburn.

The class runs from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Nov. 6 and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 7.

This two-day intensive introduction to starting a small farm or ranch will help prospective producers learn the basics of market-driven farming.

“Students will learn to assess their land and resources, research markets for their products and analyze the potential economic viability of their operation,” said UCCE County Director and Livestock Farm Advisor Roger Ingram.

According to Ingram, the workshop will focus on markets, business and economic planning for small farms, rather than on production practices.

“The class is taught by University of California Farm Advisors and expert local farmers and ranchers,” he says, “which gives beginning farmers a jumpstart on their own operations.”

It includes field trips to a farm and a certified farmers’ market.

The Beginning Farming Academy is partially funded by a Western Extension Risk Management Education grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Instruction and materials are free of charge.

Meal cost for the two days is $70, and includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks on Nov. 6 as well as breakfast, lunch, and snacks on Nov. 7.

The class is limited to 15 prospective producers.

To apply, 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.

“We always have more applicants than spaces,” Ingram says.

Applicants will be notified within two weeks whether they have been accepted or not.

For questions or more information on the Beginning Farming Academy, contact UCCE Farm Advisor Cindy Fake at or call (530) 889-7385.

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