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Urban Edge farm program offers immersion-style learning in California

First Generation Farmers Executive Director Alli Cecchini, right, and Project Manager Ellie Vanhof, left, harvest some vegetables on Cecchini’s family land in Discovery Bay, Calif. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)

A $200,000 grant from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program is a launch pad for the immersive learning experience.

By Lou Fancher
East Bay Times
January 1, 2018

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For the first cohort of students, many of them women and/or people of color, immigrants, refugees, veterans or farmers-to-be with limited resources, the land is a classroom. Instruction comes from First Generation and experts from the National Center for Appropriate Technology and UC Cooperative Extension. Participation in the program represents opportunity and fulfills dreams the first-time farmers hold of agricultural avocation, economic stability, families, homesteads and permanence.

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2017 ‘Green Bay Press’ Person of the Year for work with community gardens program

Drew Scheler and Bethany Thier (Photo: Submitted by Drew Scheler)

With the white paper and sponsor/donor packets, the program has the materials to reach its $1 million fundraising goal by the end of 2018.

Peter Frank
USA Today Network-Wisconsin
Dec 30, 2017

Excerpt:

So Scheler gave the students in his professional writing course an assignment: “Our main goal is to create an endowment that stabilizes and grows these community gardens rather than leaves them to these political debates that happen every two years.”

The idea worked on two levels:

» It could help to stabilize a valuable program in the community.

» It would bring St. Norbert students closer to their community.

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