Center for Land-Based Learning

Walnut farmers Craig and Julie McNamara founded the Farming, Agriculture, and Resource Management for Sustainability (FARMS) Leadership Program in 1993 out of concern for what they believed was the disconnect between people, their food supply, and the land. They saw that youth were increasingly lacking connections to the outdoors as well as an understanding of where their food comes from and how it is grown. They also recognized that high-school students need hands-on experiences in real-life situations to complement their academic achievement, and that these experiences were becoming less and less available. With the formal organization of Center for Land-Based Learning as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in 2001, FARMS Leadership became the solid building block to grow the Center for Land-Based Learning into a premier agricultural and natural resource education organization in California. Programs also include the Student and Landowner Education and Watershed Stewardship (SLEWS) Program which engages high school students in habitat restoration through a series of hands-on, experiential field days at real projects that develop science skills and environmental stewardship; our Caring for our Watersheds Program, an environmental project proposal writing contest for high school students which encourages youth to design and implement a project with a direct environmental impact on their own community; our California Farm Academy, a seven-month intensive, practical program for adults which provides an in-depth curriculum designed to equip the next generation of motivated, hard-working farm entrepreneurs with the knowledge, support, and connections they need to help sustain the specialty crop industry in California; and our Farm Business Incubator Program which provides space, infrastructure, and ongoing training to beginning farmers looking to start their farm business.


Our mission is to inspire, educate, and cultivate future generations of farmers, agricultural leaders, and natural resource stewards. By providing high school students and new farmers with the training, resources, and hands-on experience to succeed in their chosen field, the Center for Land-Based Learning is securing the state's agricultural industry for decades to come. This is our mission, our passion, and our commitment to California's heritage and economic future.


Unrestricted funds will support our general program needs and capacity building efforts.

Funds will support specific program needs.

Organization Data


Organization name

Center for Land-Based Learning

Tax id (EIN)


Mission Category

Food, Agriculture & Nutrition

Operating Budget

$1,000,001-$5 million

Organization Need

Funding: Program, Funding: Unrestricted, In-Kind Donations, Space: Office or Other, Volunteers


40140 Best Ranch Road
Woodland, CA 95776

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