Shone Farm is a 365-acre outdoor learning laboratory for the Santa Rosa Junior College’s Agriculture/Natural Resources Department. The farm provides students with hands-on experience that cannot be duplicated in the classroom. The farm is located about 12 miles from the Santa Rosa Campus, between the towns of Forestville and Windsor, in the heart of the Russian River Valley AVA (American Viticulture Area).
Shone Farm’s large crop production area allows students to learn sustainable farming practices on a small commercial scale. These Sustainable Agriculture students are involved in planting, harvesting, packing, pricing, and selling the vegetables and fruit. During the growing season, produce is sold through weekly on campus and local farm stands, a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) delivery program, and to several high-end markets and restaurants, including the SRJC Culinary Café. In addition to Shown Grown vegetables and fruit, grass-fed beef and lamb are also available for sale. Packaging and selling value-added farm products provides income to support Agriculture Department programs while completing the educational circle for students through their involvement in all phases of agriculture, from planning and production to marketing under the Shone Farm brand.