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Farmer Experiential Education and Development

Cal Poly’s FEED is an intensive 12-week, academic credit certificate program designed to immerse students in a hands-on learning experience that will introduce them to the knowledge, skills and tools required to become successful beginning farmers while also providing a supportive environment to support their long term success in the agricultural industry.

FEED is specifically designed to serve veterans and local, disadvantaged farm laborers. The program is also designed to provide post certification mentorship throughout the first year of the beginning farmers' career to create a foundation for long-term success.

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About the Program

The focus will be on four traditional agricultural practices with an emphasis on agricultural sustainability:

  1. Small farm business management
  2. Hydroponic and greenhouse production
  3. Traditional row crop production
  4. Orchard production

Additional instruction will be on:

  • Agriculture management and marketing strategies
  • Financial planning and benchmarking
  • Risk management
  • Land acquisition strategies
  • Leadership in agriculture
  • Organic production
  • Niche agricultural production
  • Farm and food safety
  • Basic livestock management
  • Free range farming and biodiversity

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Class Schedule

Below is a proposed schedule for the first week of instruction:

Conventional Farming Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Classroom Instruction:
Course Introduction/Intro to Soil Science Sustainable Soils Management Sustainable Soils Management Agricultural Soil Ecology Introduction to Small Farm Bus. Mgmt.
Labs/Practical Exercises:
Farm Tour/Soil Lab Soil Lab Soil Lab Soil Ecology Lab Writing Lab

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