Sonoma County Farm Bureau
Written By: Janet Durkin, Program Director, Wild Goat Foundation
On July 12, at Shone Farm, Santa Rosa Junior College and the Wild Goat Foundation launched the WG Edge scholarship program. This program provides significant scholarship support for four local young women to study agriculture at SRJC, and connects them with a “village” of teachers, mentors, and internship sponsors who can guide, inspire, and open doors for them.
WG Edge was created out of gratitude to the local agricultural community by Judy Jordan, formerly of J Vineyards and Winery and founder of Geodesy Wine, with the goal of advancing the next generation. A core tenet of the program is that connectivity is key to increasing participants’ confidence, career mobility and community impact.
The collaboration with SRJC emerged from talks between Judy Jordan and Benjamin Goldstein, Dean of Agriculture and Natural Resources, out of a mutual desire to support local students studying agriculture and to meet a growing demand for training in precision agriculture and agricultural technology.