Riverside: NextGen Farmer Training Program

Consider a career in agriculture as a next generation farmer! Our region is in need of new farmers to feed and keep people healthy, steward land and natural resources, and build stronger regional food economies. Whether you have just graduated from high school or are changing careers in mid-life, or are a veteran, consider becoming a farmer.

A Program of the Riverside Food Systems Alliance

  • Do you enjoy working outside?
  • Have you ever dreamed of being your own boss?
  • Do you want to make a difference by improving the health of our community?
  • Do you have a strong work ethic and love to see the fruits of your labor?

The Riverside NextGen Farmer Training Program is a 10-month vocational program in the art, science, and business of farming. The program provides comprehensive training and mentorship over two semesters to assist new and beginning farmers to start their own farms or seek out a myriad of careers in agriculture and related industries. Participants successfully completing the program earn an industry-recognized certificate.

Register today for consideration in the Spring 2019 Cohort of the program. Accepting applications through March 14, 2019.

Cohort 1 Program Dates

Semester 1: March 11, 2019 to June 28, 2019
Semester 2: August 19, 2019 to December 13, 2019

Hours: Monday through Friday from 6:45 pm to 7:50 pm at the Cesar Chavez Community Center, 2060 University Ave and Saturday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm (includes lunch break) at UC Riverside

Program Fee: $4,000

Program Contact:
Joyce Jong, jjong@riversideca.gov, Tel: (951) 826-5265

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