Language(s) spoken: English, Tamil
Sri SethurtanamCalifornia Farm Academy Director, Center for Land Based Learning
Sri has worked in agriculture for twenty-five years, as a tea estate manager and as a mixed crop farmer in India, and as an agricultural engineer engaged in soil conservation in Brunei, before he migrated to Canada in 2004. He is a passionate student of traditional management practices in agriculture, and a proponent of integrating traditional approaches into modern farming methods.
Sri has a Master’s Degree in Capacity Development and Extension from the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, and his Ph.D. research focused on evaluating the outcomes and impacts of incubator farm programs in the US and Canada, and its role in creating a new generation of farmers, who will be the backbone of our future food systems.
Prior to joining the Center Sri worked for FarmStart, a leader in the incubator farm movement in Canada. His work and experience in the new farmer space gives him in-depth knowledge of the social, economic, and structural barriers that new farmers face when trying to start small-scale farms.