Breaking into Farming: Challenges and Opportunities for Young Farmers

Please join us on Tuesday, December 5th at 4:10-6:00pm in PES 3001 for a panel on:

“Breaking into Farming: Challenges and Opportunities for Young Farmers”

This student-led initiative will focus on the challenges and opportunities facing young people exploring careers in farming, starting up their own small farming operations, getting involved with educational farms, or nonprofits. Our panel will run from 4:10pm-6:00pm with a short break and a reception afterward.

Please RSVP by filling out our short Google Form!

The event will be hosted by the UC Davis Department of Plant Sciences as a part of the PLS 111: Agronomics and Crop Production course taught by Jeff Mitchell from UC ANR’s Kearney Agricultural Research & Extension Center (REC).  There will be a reception following the panel with light snacks and refreshments sponsored by the Students of Horticulture & Agronomy!

We are fortunate to have the following panelists share their personal and professional experiences:

Laura Reynolds is a recent International Agricultural Development (IAD) MSc graduate who just started the one acre Gillyflower Farm based here in Davis and is in the midst of running her first CSA season, focused on elaborate and delicious difficult-to-find salad ingredients.

Nathan Harkleroad runs the Agriculture & Land-Based Training Association (ALBA)’s Farmer Education Course and supports farmers through their Organic Farm Incubator based in Salinas, California.  Prior to ALBA, Nathan worked in a number of roles at the Cal Poly Organic Farm, a student enterprise that provided a 300-member year round CSA vegetable box subscription service.

Dr. George Sellu heads the Agribusiness Program at the Santa Rosa Junior College and teaches several of the program’s core courses as a professor and soil scientist. Most recently he has spoken on CA recovery from fire damage, development agribusiness farming operations, and soil management.

Marisa Alcorta works with the Center for Land-Based Learning, coordinating the Incubator Program and provides mentorship and resources to farmers as a part of the California Farm Academy.  Marisa also works with local farmers and partner organizations on developing a regional accredited apprenticeship program.

Brian Schaefle has worked in agricultural lending for 20 years in the San Joaquin Valley with Farm Credit West and Yosemite Farm Credit. Brian received his B.S. in Agricultural Business from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and worked on a beef cattle feedlot before entering the banking world.