Training the next generation of regional farmers and ranchers through our Learning Hub Network is helping improve farms’ economic and environmental sustainability, strengthen urban-rural linkages, keep farmland in production, and improve the region’s food system as a whole.
Learning Hub Network Partners:
- Agriculture & Land-Based Training Association (ALBA)
- Boggs Tract Community Farm, Puentes Learning Center
- Center for Land-Based Learning (CLBL)
- CoCo San Sustainable Farm
- First Generation Farmers
- Martial Cottle Park*
- Oak Park Farmers Market
- Soil Born Farms
- Stanislaus County Ag Center
- Sunol AgPark
- UC Gill Tract Community Farm
* in development.
The Learning Hub Network was established to meet farmer demand for urban and peri-urban farming opportunities and technical assistance in the San Francisco Bay Area. This project builds on collaborative relationships among agricultural organizations and farmers and ranchers who may be immigrant, socially disadvantaged, urban, urban-fringe or rural.
Our overarching goal is to create to a robust agricultural learning hub network that will enhance capacity and sustainability of aspiring beginning farmers.
Leveraging the successes of existing agricultural “learning hubs” in California (such as at ALBA, Sunol AgPark, Soil Born and Puentes), where beginning farmers are provided in-depth training, farmer-to-farmer networks are built, and sustainable practices are demonstrated, our goal was to:
- Deepen our support of these four existing hubs by providing in-depth training to their farmers in topics requested.
- Establish four new “agricultural learning hubs” in three East Bay Area Counties (Contra Costa, Alameda and Santa Clara).
- Launch a subset group of learning hubs, the Network of East and South Bay Agricultural Learning Hubs (NESBALH), for aspiring urban and peri-urban farmers in three East Bay Area Counties, which will promote sustainable management practices related to sustainable urban and urban-fringe agricultural production, marketing and business planning, and food safety.