Are you ready to be a part of the dynamic future of food?
School of Adaptive Agriculture programs recognize that food production will never be the same again. We are looking for people who are determined and creative. Students should have a desire to enter into a career equipped with essential skills in the science, art, and business of food.
Our residential Practicum Student Program is a 14 week intensive focused on the foundations of food production. You will be fully immersed in the daily life of a 5,000 acre working ranch in Mendocino County, California. We believe there is no silver bullet to solving the food crisis facing our world, so we teach a broad spectrum of sustainable agricultural theory. We also teach engine repair, carpentry, animal husbandry, soil and ecology, crop production, entrepreneurial skills, and much more. Our curriculum is comprehensive as well as adaptive to individual interests. The educational focus is hands on, with lab work, experimentation, and demonstrations to “show” rather than “tell.”
The Practicum Student Program runs 5 days per week for 14 weeks, with sessions running from April to July, and July to October. Practicum students will work with the diverse operations on a day to day basis, while participating in experiential learning projects on the farm and ranch.
Lessons with staff and guest instructors take place on a daily basis, in the format of discussion, demonstration, lab work, experimentation, lecture, and group projects. Field trips to outstanding farms are an important component of the curriculum, as they facilitate connections to mentors and experts in the area, as well as demonstrate examples of successful businesses that are outstanding in their field.
Students participate in an intense and rewarding schedule which includes supervised field work, lessons, meals, and chores. Conflict resolution and communication are essential to this kind of collaborative work, so students and staff work together each session to build a positive living environment while studying frameworks for decision making, relationship building, and communal networks.
Each student will be staying in his/her own fully furnished, private tent. Meals are shared during the week, and students prepare food together according to dietary needs. Students learn from community members about nutrition, diet, and cooking.
Visit the School
Potential applicants are encouraged to visit our facilities and meet the staff. Concurrent enrollment in the Community Work Experience Education program can provide an additional 4 credits for students of Mendocino College.