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Ripe with Entrepreneurial Resources


Salinas sets the example for entrepreneurial resources. Home to the Steinbeck Innovation Project, as well as a host of higher educational resources and specialized agriculture programs for entrepreneurs, Salinas is ready for the next wave of innovation.
 

Steinbeck Innovation Project

The Steinbeck Innovation Project was formed to help leverage the agricultural expertise and relationships that are found in Salinas and create sustainable solutions that address global challenges. Through the project, emerging entrepreneurs – from youth to veterans – can participate in programs that will provide them the training and education they need to be the next pioneers of innovation.
 
 

Educational Resources

The region is home to many highly regarded academic institutions that offer coursework and degrees in a variety of areas, including agribusiness, computer science, technology and information management, as well as business administration.
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Farmer Education Program (PEPA) 

PEPA is a course designed by ALBA to train individuals in farm management and organic crop production with an emphasis on business success. These bilingual courses are designed for individuals interested in becoming full-time organic farm owners and operators.
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Farm Business Incubators

Graduates of PEPA may enter into a First-Year Farmer Apprenticeship leading to enrollment in the Farm Business Incubator. Its services include the provision of farmland, equipment and irrigation for beginning farmers operating at various scales, ranging from one-half to eight acres.
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