Aug 9, 2017

Broadcast date: 8/10/2017

As the USDA reports the average age of farmers and ranchers in the United States continues to rise, many fear that there are few if any young people ready to take their place and provide the food this country will need to sustain itself long-term.

A new agricultural training program at Cal Poly, hopes to help meet this need and more. Cal Poly’s F.E.E.D. (Farmer Experiential Education and Development) is an intensive 12-week certificate program designed to immerse participants in a hands-on learning experience that will introduce them to the knowledge and basic skills of farming while also providing mentoring support to create a foundation for long-term success in agriculture and related industries.

Join host Kris Kington-Barker as she speaks with Dr. Brian Tietje, Vice Provost of International, Graduate, and Extended Education at California Polytechnic State University and FEED Program Director, Morgan Boyd, FEED Program Manager and owner of Pepper Creek Family Farm, and Eric Boyd, FEED Program instructor of Soils in Environmental in Agricultural Systems as they discuss how this program is specially designed to educate our veterans and members of underserved communities in sustainable agriculture, providing healing and hope along the way.

Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX and made possible through underwriting by Joan Gellert-Sargen.