ATTENTION! 2017 Farmer Education Course (‘PEPA’)
applications are now available!

The deadline to return applications is October 1st! Please return by e-mail (, in-person (1700 Old Stage Rd., Salinas, CA 93908) during regular business hours (M-F, 9am-5pm) or by regular mail (PO Box 6264, Salinas, CA 93912). Applications will be reviewed in early October and decisions made by October 15th. Some participants will be invited for an interview to determine whether the opportunity is a good fit.

The course officially begins on Wednesday, November 2nd.

Link to application: 2017 PEPA Bilingual Application

Link to the latest informational brochure: 2017 PEPA Brochure

Link to course description: 2017 PEPA Course Description

en español: 2017 Descripción de PEPA


ALBA (Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association)


The Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association (ALBA) is a place of learning and advancement for hard-working, low-income farm workers and aspiring farmers seeking a better life. ALBA’s 5-year Farmer Education and Enterprise Development (FEED) program aims to achieve the following:

  • To develop skills to prepare to launch farm businesses and advance careers.
  • To establish and grow new organic farms.
  • To  market produce grown in response to growing demand for organic food grown by small farmers.


  • Become a PEPA student.
  • Establish a farm in the Organic Farm Incubator
  • Read inspiring graduate success stories.


Acres of Ambition – The next segment in the Growing California video series, a partnership with California Grown, is “Acres of Ambition,” a profile of a program in Salinas training farmworkers to become farmers.