FARMS Leadership Program

     Farms Leadership Program                 



The FARMS Leadership Program is an experiential, community-based educational opportunity for high school students interested in exploring opportunities in science, agriculture and/or the environment.  Student participants get out of the classroom and get their hands dirty with local experts and mentors, develop leadership skills, and learn about careers in the field. 

FARMS Leadership is a statewide program from of Center for Land Based Learning, an award winning organization that seeks "to inspire and motivate people of all ages, especially youth, to promote a healthy interplay between agriculture, nature and society through their own actions and as leaders in their communities."  The program is coordinated in Sonoma County through the Southern Sonoma Resource Conservation District and receives numerous accolades.


FARMS field days introduce students to the wealth and breadth of Sonoma County's agricultural heritage and open spaces.  Examples of field day sites include, Westminster Woods Ropes Course, creek restoration in the Sonoma Creek and Petaluma River watersheds, tabling at Sonoma County Agriculture Days, and visits to Benziger Winery, Spring Hill Cheese, Green String Farm, Twin Hill Ranch, Drakes Bay Oysters, SRJC’s Shone Farm, the Bodega Bay Marine Lab, and many more!


Check out this Press Democrat article to learn more about the program.


Students are selected for the program in September of each school year through a competitive selection process.  Outstanding students are chosen based upon their personal essays, and must meet the following basic requirements:


Application Requirements:

  •      Attend a participating high school.
  •        GPA of 2.5 or better.
  •        Essay (500-1,000 words) on how FARMS supports your personal vision.
  •       Letter of Recommendation. (From an adult, preferably un-related.)


Participation Requirements:

  •        Attend ALL monthly field days, October through May.
  •        Participation in a Community Action Project
  •        Complete final program evaluation and reflection. 


To see more field day photos and learn more about the FARMS Leadership Program in Sonoma County and beyond, visit


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To learn more about the FARMS Leadership Program, or to get involved as a mentor, intern, or volunteer, contact Alison Malisa at (707) 794-1242 x. 111.


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