GFI 30 Under 30 school farm

How do you grow the next generation of farmers?

Try starting with school farms.

Chris Massa, UC Global Food Initiative 30 Under 30 award winner.

Chris Massa and Mike Roberts are busy working to launch a farm this fall at Balboa Middle School in Ventura. The farm is expected to grow 8,000 pounds of food a year – greens, cherry tomatoes, carrots, sugar snap peas and other produce that can not only feed students but fuel their knowledge about food and agriculture.

Massa, a farm to school operations specialist with the Ventura Unified School District, and Roberts, a Ventura County farmer, hope to replicate this school farm model in other places. They have named their effort Salad Bar Farms.

“We want every school to have a farm,” said Massa, a University of California Global Food Initiative 30 Under 30 award winner.

Read the full story at UC Food Observer.