Sunday, July 30

9:30–11:30 a.m.

Breakfast and conversation at the Hay Barn: Looking Back/Looking Forward 9–11:30 a.m.
Join us for a free breakfast as you enjoy an "early-timers" narrated slide show of the Farm & Garden’s first years, followed by facilitated small-group discussions on topics of your choice.

At 11:30 a.m. we will gather in the Farm field above the Hay Barn for final reflections and a closing circle.

12 p.m.

12 p.m. box lunch pick up at Hay Barn for field trips or your own picnic.

12–4 p.m.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

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.

2–8 p.m.

We invite you to the 6th Annual CASFS People Of Color Alumni Network Reunion
Opening Ceremony will begin Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Black Lives Matter Garden, with a community altar building and a memorial honoring James Murrell, a past apprentice, followed by several activities held in the new CASFS Haybarn. Current apprentices' will be presenting project updates on Farmers of the Global Majority initiatives and website, with dinner and festivities to follow. We can't wait to see you there! ***Please RSVP to this email address: