California Beginning Farmers Benefit from Advisors, Mentors

Beginning farmers in California are often more drawn to the outdoor aspects of the career than the business side of farming, reports Southern California Public Radio, yet when small farms fail, it’s often because business-management skills were lacking. Some organizations are trying to change that by offering a variety of farm-business education programs. For example, nonprofit Kitchen Table Advisors offers three years of free business advising for farmers on small, organic farms in Northern California and the Central Coast. There are several farm training programs offered in California, as well.