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Center for Agrarian Learning

A new path for the future food economy

Food is central to our well-being, our environment, our shared sense of community. Food is also a serious business: the food economy—the growing, distribution, and marketing of food—offers a lot of opportunities for anyone who wants to make a real difference. That's why we've launched the Center for Agrarian Learning (CAL). We teach, engage, and inspire our community to seek new solutions in all aspects of the food economy— bringing people together around growing and selling locally, helping you build more rewarding professional lives, and improving our stewardship of the planet.

Supporting you at every stage

Our peri-urban county has a wonderful abundance of farmland and an increasing population that values locally produced food. More and more, farm owners are looking to diversify what they grow and sell, and our proximity to markets (along with a long-standing tradition of valuing land stewardship) is attracting new entrepreneurs who want to develop land-based businesses. Whether you're newly entering the business of growing or the land has been your family's livelihood for generations, we can help lighten your burden. CAL is a community resource for all growers, sharing the latest growing and business practices to keep your farms sustainable, productive—and, above all, profitable.

Agriculture Workshops and Events

We offer agriculture workshops and events for businesses at all stages whether you need help navigating legal issues, identifying what you need to scale up for wholesale markets, or determining when you need a loan to grow your business.

Forefront: Ideas in Food and Farming

The Forefront Speaker Series is intended for farmers, landowners, local food enthusiasts, and anyone interested in the food economy. We're showcasing entrepreneurs who are solving problems with their passion and skills and sharing the how and the why of it all. Free to attend, but registration required.

Entrepreneurial Agriculture Degree and Certificates

The Entrepreneurial Agriculture AAS degree combines food production skills with business and entrepreneurship foundations to equip you with skills and knowledge for running your own farm business, employment in various aspects of the food system, or transferring to a four-year institution to continue your education.