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California Agricultural Leadership Program

The California Agricultural Leadership Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public benefit corporation committed to leadership training and transformational learning experiences in partnership with four California universities: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo; Cal Poly, Pomona; California State University, Fresno; and the University of California, Davis. The foundation supports the longest continuously-operating leadership training experience of its kind in the United States – the California Agricultural Leadership Program – which is widely considered to be the premier program, in its niche, in the world. Learn more about the California Agricultural Leadership Foundation and Leadership Programs at:

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Goodbye Croatia – Hello California!

As we embark on our journey home we are reflecting on the experiences behind us. We traveled 2500 kilometers via tour bus through 5 countries with tons of meat and great coffee. We were shown the heart ache and victories of so many people. Some lessons learned were a little tougher and some more light…

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Day 12: Plitvice Lakes National Park

Zdravo from Croatia! Bright eyed and bushy tailed, we said goodbye to the beautiful Adriatic Sea overlooked by Split and headed to the mountains to Plitvice Lakes National Park. As beautiful as this location is, we are aware of its sad history being the place where the Balkan war began in Croatia. It seems appropriate…

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Day 13 Farming and a Balkan Finale

After 12 sunny days in the Balkans, we woke up on Day 13 to a light sprinkle. A sight we as Californians welcomed just as much as Croatian Farmers. Our first session was with Ana Gvozdić, Program Officer with the Youth Initiative for Human Rights. Ana works with 18- to 30-year-olds who have suffered trauma…

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Final Destination: Split

Class 51 awoke to a crisp 51-degree Wednesday, the haze of fog and the smell of burning wood on the air.  After a buffet-style breakfast, we headed to the Hotel Mostar conference room to begin the day’s program. Our first presentation was from Ms. Vanja Sudar, the chief program officer for a community service organization, Nešto…

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Day 10- Goodbye Sarajevo, Hello Mostar

We woke up at the Sarajevo Courtyard by Marriott, ready to continue our adventure. After finishing our breakfast and espressos, we headed to the hotel concierge to pick up our laundry and check out of our rooms.  Unfortunately, some fellows were missing some key clothing items, which were sprinkled among the bags of clean clothes…

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