Center for Land-Based Learning Continues Growing
Land-Based Learning Welcomes New Staff
Introducing Sridharan "Sri" Sethuratnam, California Farm Academy Director

Sri worked in agriculture for twenty years, as a tea estate manager and as a mixed crop farmer in India, and as an agricultural engineer engaged in soil conservation in Brunei, before he migrated to Canada in 2004. He is a passionate student of traditional management practices in agriculture, and a proponent of integrating traditional approaches into modern farming methods.

Sri has a master's degree in Capacity Development and Extension from the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada. He is currently pursuing a part time Ph.D. focusing on evaluating the outcomes and impacts of incubator farm programs in the US and Canada, which he hopes will lead to a better understanding of how to engage with and encourage a new generation of farmers, who will be the backbone of our future food systems.

Prior to joining Land-Based Learning Sri worked for FarmStart, a leader in the incubator farm movement in Canada. His work in this area combined with the research he is undertaking gives him an in depth knowledge of the social, economic and practical barriers that new farmers face when trying to start small-scale farms.

Matthew Clement Hired as CSA and Volunteer Coordinator for West Sacramento Urban Farm Program

Matthew Clement has extensive experience working on small organic farms and in many high end restaurants. His love for food, farming, and people are his greatest assets to the program. Matt grew up in the Boston Area and was heavily involved in sports from an early age. He attended Tufts University where he received a B.A. in Economics and played on the baseball team.

After college he worked in Finance and Business Management while volunteering at a local urban farm. He fell in love with farming and the people he worked with. He took a job at a local organic farm and never looked back. His career in farming allowed him to travel and meet lots of new people.

Matt moved out to California in 2014 to pursue a full time career in Agriculture. He loves the weather, the year round produce, and the proximity to the mountains and the ocean. In his free time you can find Matt on the soccer field, in the kitchen, or at a local restaurant, brewery, or winery.

Market Manager Hired for West Sacramento Farmers Market

Chido Macharaga is the new Market Manager for the West Sacramento Farmers Market. She has extensive experience working on small-scale organic farms and has sold in many farmers markets as well. With a background in sustainable agriculture, and a passion for food justice and community empowerment, Chido hopes to continue fostering a people-oriented market for West Sacramento, bringing a diversity of local growers, vendors, and community members together in an effort to promote food literacy and healthy food access for all.

Originally from Zimbabwe, Chido has called Northern California her home for the last 11 years. She received her Bachelor's of Science in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems from UC Davis, and continues exploring her interest in farming especially in communities of color. When Chido hangs up her overalls and sunhat - you can find her enjoying all things nerdy, cooking up a storm, spending time with friends and family, or contemplating the cosmos with her two cats: Falafel and Kebab.

"Its time for us as a people to start making some changes, lets change the way we eat, lets change the way we live, and lets change the way we treat each other." --Tupac Shakur

Land-Based Learning Now Operating Vendor Portion of West Sacramento Farmers Market

The Center for Land-Based Learning is pleased to announce that the West Sacramento Urban Farm Program is now operating the vendor portion of the West Sacramento Certified Farmers Market. Run by the Chamber of Commerce since its inception six years ago, this unique and intimate farmers market represents locally grown and small farmer owned operations to the core.

Four of the six West Sacramento Urban Farm Incubator Farm businesses are selling their naturally grown goods here. Fiery Ginger Farm located at the Food for Families site behind Yolo High will be selling their pasture raised eggs, heritage breed broiler chickens and a variety of fresh produce. Flowerstone Farm at the Lake Washington site is a long time vendor here and will continue to sell their heirloom varieties of pesticide free produce selected for flavor. Root Cause Farm of the Cummins Way Site will also be selling produce picked day of sale where ultimate freshness and nutritional value is the focus. Lastly, 5th and C St Farm, the pilot farm site for the West Sacramento Urban Farm Program, will be joining in early July with a focus on specialty melons and other seasonal treats. Along with these hyper local producers are a variety of other farmer-owned operations representing the best of the valley.

The Chamber will continue to run the events related to this market, including the fabulous DigIn Dinners, in which renowned Sacramento area chefs prepare farm-to-fork meals at the market. A Kids' Zone and live music will be featured throughout the market season as well.

It all happens on West Capitol Avenue, between City Hall and the Community Center, every Thursday, 4:30 until dusk through the end of August. Ample parking can be found behind City Hall.

Come check it out and meet your local farmers!
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