published on April 5, 2017 - 3:41 PM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

Gar Tootelian, Inc. (GAR) and the Gar & Esther Tootelian Charitable Foundation (GET) are partnering with the Center for Land-Based Learning and the FARMS Leadership program for local high school students to cultivate future generations of agricultural leaders.

GAR is the first privately owned company to fully invest in the FARMs Advanced program. The program helps students build skills and explore a variety of companies and career in their community. It also matches students with job shadows and paid internships that fit their interests and skills.

“The FARMS Advanced program is an exceptional program for promoting a positive image of agriculture, educating our youth and nurturing future agricultural leaders and farmers,” Karen Musson said in a statement on behalf of GAR and GET.

Land-Based Learning Executive Director Mary Kimball said the partnership with FARMS and Leadership and GAR will support students in identifying and pursuing their career goals in agriculture.

“Students need direct experience with jobs in agriculture so that they truly understand all that agriculture has to offer in the Valley,” Kimball said in a statement.

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