A call to farm: our country will need 10,000 new farmers
Submitted by Sierra Harvest
According to the 2012 USDA Census of Agriculture, the average age of farmers in the United States is 58. Over the next 10 years, then, our country will need 10,000 new farmers just to replace the ones who will retire. For this reason and many more, the Sierra Harvest Farm Institute is launching programs to help farmers and ranchers to be prosperous, successful and vibrant!
Learning to farm? Looking for a job in agriculture?
Hone your skills with Farm Crew! Join a cohort of early-career farmers working and learning on sustainable farms throughout Nevada County. You’ll spend 20-30 hours per week working at a local farm, and an additional 10 hours per week independently learning the farming skills of your choice. Whether it is learning to repair a tractor or tending a hive of bees, we will support you as you follow your passion. To learn more and apply, visit us at www.sierraharvest.org/farm-crew/
Ready to launch your own business?
If you’ve experienced the production side of farming and ranching and are ready to launch or refine your farm business, it’s time to apply for Farm Biz! This course is designed to help you learn the business management and decision-making skills necessary to infuse prosperity into your operation. By attending classes led by local business professionals, you’ll not only gain the savvy necessary to confidently start a farm or ranch business, but you’ll also learn the skills to manage it with success. To learn more and apply, go to www.sierraharvest.org/farm-biz/
Have Land? Need Land?
Looking for farm land to start or expand your business? Check out Land Match, a listing of available agricultural land in Nevada County. If you have a piece of land that may be suitable for agriculture, get in touch to schedule a site visit. All viable properties will be added to our online, searchable database. If you’re a farmer or rancher looking for land to start or expand your operations, visit our website (www.sierraharvest.org/what-we-do-2/farmers/matching-farmers-and-land/) to see just how much agricultural land is open in our county. Whether you’re a producer, an eater, a lover of things local, or an open space enthusiast, we would love to have your help creating a robust local food system with prosperous farmers and ranchers at its core.
Sierra Harvest is dedicated to educating, inspiring, and connecting Nevada County families to fresh, local, seasonal foods. For more information regarding Sierra Harvest programs and giving opportunities, please contact us at 530-265-2343.