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Pasture Based Livestock
Sunday July 16, 2017, 4-6pm Fiesta Farm, Watsonville 
Note the starting time of 4PM to avoid the heat!

Fiesta Farm is a first-generation family farm located north of Salinas near Watsonville, California. Our main focus is pasture-raised eggs and meat, primarily chicken and pork. The pasture based production system is very different from conventional poultry and pork production, and involves daily or weekly rotation of all animals across grass pastures and through oak forests. Our products are direct-marketed in the South Bay and Monterey Bay areas at three farmer’s markets, restaurants, and through our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) delivery program.
Tour begins at the main farm, located near the Elkhorn Slough just south of Watsonville.
We are collecting RSVPs for this session -please email us if you want to attend! Community members are welcome, but priority will be given to Santa Cruz county apprentices, interns and WWOOFers.

Connecting Farmers to Land, Knowledge and Opportunity
Saturday August 19, 11am – 1:30pm ALBA Headquarters, 1700 Old Stage Road, Salinas

The Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association (ALBA) is a non-profit organization with a 100-acre training facility based in the heart of the Salinas Valley.  ALBA provides a bilingual and college-accredited Farmer Education Course for aspiring farmers, the majority of which are current or former farm workers. After graduation, participants can qualify to lease land in ALBA’s Organic Farm Incubator. 
We'll tour the farm and then learn about ALBA's new partnership with the ag-tech company, Aggrigator, to market produce through a food hub and a new e-commerce marketplace.

On-farm seed saving and production
Sunday September 24, 3-5pm, outdoor meeting space at PICA (Program in Community & Agroecology), UC Santa Cruz

This workshop will be taught by Jesse Hersh, owner of the small seed company start-up Con Semilla. After sharing a brief history of today's seed production industry, basic flower morphology and seed terminology, Jesse will demonstrate various processing techniques with seasonal plant materials. Participants will have the opportunity to learn through hands-on experience about processing and storing of seeds for farm scale production.
Parking - Since it’s a weekend parking is free in the a-permit spots in lot 168. If those are full, park at any of the other lots on the map and then walk.
This workshop is co-sponsored by Santa Cruz CRAFT and PICA - Program in Community & Agroecology.

Flowers and Festivals!
Sunday, October 15, 2017, 2-5pm Camp Joy Gardens, 131 Camp Joy Rd. Boulder Creek

Camp Joy is a  4.5 acre non-profit organic farm, founded in 1971 as a place to learn and practice a diversified, restorative agriculture, which combines beauty, productivity, and ecological health. At our annual Open House and Harvest Celebration we sell many beautifully made products straight from the farm: we offer dried flower wreaths, garlic and onion braids, candles, honey, and other goodies for sale as well as yummy treats to sample.
In this workshop, you will learn about flower production and have the opportunity to make your own dried flower wreath (materials will be provided). We will also share some lessons learned from 40 years of holding successful community events on our farm. Space is limited, RSVPs will be taken through the Santa Cruz CRAFT mailing list at the beginning of October, with priority given to Santa Cruz County apprentices.

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Environmental Stewardship on the Farm
Saturday, June 17, 2-4pm, High Ground Organics, 521 Harkins Slough Road, Watsonville

We will meet Stephen Pedersen and Jeanne Byrne of High Ground Organics at their home farm on Harkins Slough in Watsonville. The land was purchased in 2000 from the Open Space Alliance with conservation and agricultural easements placed on it. Between this site and another parcel in Royal Oaks, they are able to grow a wide variety of crops–both those that love the cool coastal influence at the home farm and those that do well in the somewhat warmer climate in Royal Oaks. 
Stephen and Jeanne will share with us their approach to farming, which includes rotating diverse crops, maintaining hedgerows, planting buffer strips, providing habitat, and nurturing native grasslands. They strive to create a model of a financially viable farm that also focuses on responsible stewardship of the land.

Farmworker Reality Tour

Sunday, May 14, 2017, 3 - 6pm, Crystal Bay Farm, Watsonville


The Farmworker Reality Tour will challenge participants to better understand the conditions of Mexican farmworkers in Central California. The tour will begin at Crystal Bay Farm in Watsonville, where we will have an opportunity to observe three farming practices common in the area: organic agroecological production, organic industrial agriculture, and commercial industrial agriculture.A Oaxacan family will discuss their lives and describe the every-day challenges that they face. They will also provide a strawberry picking demonstration. Participants will have the opportunity to pick and purchase organic strawberries.
Next, we will visit the Buena Vista Migrant Labor Camp where farmworkers will share their apartments with us and the challenges their children face in receiving an education.
Finally, we will travel to central Watsonville and meet a farmworker family that will provide us with a delicious traditional Mexican meal and further discussion regarding wages, working conditions, the use of pesticides and other challenges. The farmworker meal is included in the cost of the tour ($20-30 sliding scale).


Farming for Diverse Direct to Consumer Markets and Educational Programs
Sunday, August 21, 2016

Joint session with Farmer Tom Broz of Live Earth Farm and Peter Nelson, Education Coordinator, Farm Discovery Program

Planning and Planting the Small Orchard Block, with Orin Martin
Sunday, September 18, 2016

With Orin Martin at 5th Crow Farm in Pescadero