UC Santa Cruz - The start of Agriculture studies

The University of California and Santa Cruz established in 1965. The campus is the 2000 acres located Santa Cruz Mountains right on the ridge. One of the more important programs available was the environmental studies program, which offers the opportunity for many to see in the agriculture business. It hosts the oldest organic farm and garden program in the United States and was the very first organic horticulture development program with recognition internationally. It also host a very ample amount of residential colleges throughout the local area. The sustainable foods program which is hosted by the agriculture program was created to educate ecological sustainability and social justice in the Food and agriculture system. It also provides intense and well-reviewed research for the purpose of education. It is constantly seeking ways to help in creating more independent farming as well. The program often gives a tour and field trips to children from Kindergarten to 12th grades. It often hosts and participates in international studies programs in horticulture that lets people from all parts of the world experiment in methods of organic farming. There are many programs open to the public as well, offering a range of agricultural focus.

Having a great experience at the University, has been a great starting point for many seeking a career in agriculture and farming. Aaron Cheiffetz has had great success and has since then made great strides in his profession, which has taken him too many places and even his own farming business.

Promotion to Inspector - The insight for the next step

Working on a farm in organic industry has its many challenges. There are certain things that can definitely improve conditions for growth of produce and livestock as well. Then there are certain things that would work but cannot be used in the sense that product that has intentions to be sold need to be inspected and approved by the USDA. There are many options for farms to hold the license to do you inspection on their own to ensure consistent supply. But there are situations where the USDA can randomly inspect products for the sake of the buyers themselves. This is the approach that protects consumers and it is completely accepted and considered in honest approach by the farmers as well. It is this trust that is helping the organic farms in maintaining great business with their consumers. There are also some great benefits that the USDA offers to the local farmers that decide to go through the process of certifying or having their own inspector to certify product. These are measures that are beneficial both for financial and consistency gains. For example, most organic farmers take hard are given premium prices for their products as they are considered inspected already.

In Arcata, California there is a credible program which brings opportunity for locals to understand organic horticulture. In order to have the opportunity to be an employee someone like Aaron Cheiffetz, has exactly what it takes to be there. He had obtained his USDA certified organic certified Spector for the facility just in time for the spring season. This gave him the opportunity to get back into organic farming at a higher level.

Building Relationships with Local Business Owners

Building a market for yourself and your local business is difficult, especially as a supplier. The national corporations in every industry are putting a lot of pressure on businesses that wish to support their community, putting obstacles in the way and taking away large portions of the market shares nationwide. As a business owner, it is your responsibility to grow your business and find opportunities for it thrive. However, in this economy, that can become increasingly impossible as most of your target market adopts the industry-chain method to supplying. Though a challenge, this can be defeated through building a network in the community, and creating strong ties with local businesses.

Businesses in a local setting are more apt to base a stronger reputation on someone that lives in their community. It is easier to judge someone’s intentions and quality in person, and is also more convenient for service to be better provided. Local suppliers have to fight to offer the best product, the best service, and the best method of getting it to them. The size of your market is dependent on the number of hands you shake, and there is no limit for how many connections you can add to your network.

Aaron Cheiffetz used this method in his organic ranch’s success, building ties with the local business owners there to dominate the organic produce market there. His strategic position as a 100% organic supplier during the rise in popularity for organic foods gave him the opportunity to act on the many relationships he had built. He quickly added businesses as clients, and began to fill his community with fresh, high-quality products. Your business can make it to the next level by utilizing the local businesses around you, lifting the entire area up with you.

Making a Mark - Building an Early Industry Reputation

Starting off as a desk clerk is much better than starting off with nothing. When it comes to the game of rising up the corporate ladder as an industry expert, experience is everything. Young people today misconceive this notion, and because of it suffer in their industry reputation as they attempt to move forward in their careers. While it can be done at a later stage in their life, choosing an industry to build a reputation in early is much more effective when it comes to making a presence, and any experience at an early age serves to multiply the strength of a future reputation.

Entry-level jobs are there for a reason, and yet many young adults today skip that option. Instead, they attend four to six years of college studying how to be successful in the industry, and yet lack the work experience and industry knowledge required to be successful and move up. Though it is intelligent to get an education in college to further a career, it is not an excuse from getting real-life industry experience by serving a humble job.

Doing this will create industry presence early on, no matter how small, leading to early connections, a stronger network, and a better ability to perform after college. Moving up in the ranks becomes easier with the right industry setting. Aaron Cheiffetz, an organic produce farmer and ranch owner from California, began his career as a development assistant in a local strawberry field. A menial job, and yet because of pursuing it right after high school, he was given the opportunity to build early connections with the local business owners that he now supplies today.

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