Cultivating Future Generations of Farmers
Center for Land-Based Learning Leads the Way to Inspire and Educate
When Cristal heard about the FARMS Leadership Program, she was drawn in. Taking trips to orchards and engaged in restoration projects, Cristal felt her interest in agriculture deepening. Inspired by her time in FARMS Leadership, Cristal decided to pursue Ranch Management at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
“Getting involved with FARMS really sparked my passion for agriculture.”
Cristal completed a number of internships, graduating on time and landing first a job at Sara Lee Foodservice, home of national brands like Hillshire Farm, Jimmy Dean and, of course, Sara Lee cakes. She went on to spend the last three years at Driscoll’s berry growers – a period she refers to as “the best time in my life.” Growing her career at Driscoll’s, she is now Senior Forecast Manager for raspberries, and life has never been sweeter, due in large part to her time with the Center for Land-Based Learning.
Our work with Cristal is exactly in line with our mission: Connect youth to opportunity, a sense of purpose and the pathway to their future – and also the reverse: Connect the world to talented people who have the passion and know-how to help feed the planet.
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