Practical Hands-On Farm Ed Experience
May 4, 2020
Farm Ed for the Future Part 1
By Tim Hammerich with the Ag Information Network
As millions of people are losing their jobs, community college are preparing to help many of them find new skills and new careers.
West Hills College in Coalinga has a unique program that provides students with practical, hands-on farming experience. It’s called the Farm of the Future. Here is Program Director Terry Brase.
“Our goal is that every student that comes through our educational academic classes and courses will get some type of experience on the farm. And as such, it's a working farm. So we have 23 acres of pistachios," said Brase. “We have little over 80 acres of row crop that we produce, our own irrigation system. So my role as the Director is to kind of oversee the farm and the academic programs. We try to make the Farm of the Future a demonstration of how technology is used in California agriculture.”
The program has two different pathways. One for agricultural science which includes studies like plant science, irrigation, integrated pest management, and precision agriculture. The other is for more industrial studies like truck driving, heavy equipment operation, food safety, and welding.
“As we’ve seen recently these are essential careers that required proper training,” Brase said.
Please go to West Hills College for more information.