Sunday, July 30
Breakfast and conversation at the Hay Barn: 9:30–11:30 a.m.
Enjoy a free breakfast in the Hay Barn and a time for talking about shared interests. Options include facilitated discussions, sharing on topics of your choice, and more. We are still putting shape to this morning session, so stay tuned!
At 11:30, we’ll meet on the Farm above the Hay Barn for a Closing Circle and final reflections.
Pescadero area alumni farm tours, 12–4 p.m.
Take advantage of incredible opportunities for more learning and inspiration by visiting these amazing farms run by Apprenticeship alumni in the Pescadero area, just 35 miles north of Santa Cruz on the coast. Vans/buses will be available for transport. Choose from one of two afternoon tours:
Field Trip 1 to Fifth Crow Farm and Blue House Farm, two successful organic production farms primarily selling through direct markets:
- Fifth Crow Farm, run by three former apprentices, Teresa Kurtak, John Vars, and Mike Irving, is just in its eighth year but was featured in this year’s Successful Farmer Plenary at the Ecological Farming Conference. Come see their organic vegetables, fruit, flowers, and pastured egg operation on 80+ acres. http://fifthcrowfarm.com
- Blue House Farm, run by 2001 apprentice Ryan Casey, is an incredibly productive 50-acre organic fruit, vegetable, and flower operation now in its 12th year. Ryan works with a stellar crew that includes several former apprentices. https://bluehousefarm.com
Field Trip 2 to Pie Ranch with a focus on farm-based education programs for urban youth and beginning farmers
Pie Ranch was founded by Nancy Vail and Jered Lawson in 2003, and they have grown this working farm and educational center into a thriving hub of learning on over 80 acres. While they have a large production operation, this field trip will focus on their educational programming for urban high school students, beginning farmers, and the regional partnerships that have helped shape their center. http://www.pieranch.org/