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Farm Discovery at Live Earth

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Causes: Adult Education, Agricultural Programs, Children & Youth, Education, Educational Services, Food, Youth Development - Agricultural

Mission: The program’s mission is to empower youth and families to build and sustain healthy food, farming, social and natural systems. Our home, Live Earth Farm, is a 150 acre patchwork of working farm, riparian corridor, oak and redwood forest in the Pajaro Valley of Santa Cruz County, California. We believe that we can transform personal and community health and improve our impact on earth by building and sustaining collaborative agricultural, ecological and social systems. We believe that communities armed with knowledge and the skills of inquiry can transform food, farming and natural systems for the better.

Results: - Farm Discovery offers educational programs that inspire youth and families to transform their relationship to food, farming and nature. - We steward our working farm and its wild spaces as an environmentally and economically viable piece of the food system and a learning space. - We collaborate with community partners to learn from each other and extend our collective impact in the community.

Target demographics: kids learn to grow and eat healthy farm fresh food

Direct beneficiaries per year: almost 2000 kids and families learn to grow and make healthy food choices

Geographic areas served: South San Francisco and Monterey Bay AreasaXSDX

Programs: farm tours, community events, summer camps, teen empowerment, environmental education, and food systems education in the organic fields of Live Earth Farm

Community Stories

15 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Farm Discovery at Live Earth immerses children in the dynamic world of organic farming, giving them an opportunity to learn about food and nature using all five senses. Their fun and memorable experiences on the farm inspire and empower them to be stewards of our natural environment and informed participants in our food system.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been an LIT and Junior Staff member for the summer camp programs; my younger sisters have been campers. This farm, this program, is so important to me. It’s all about showing kids where their food comes from, how the environment affects them. What they learn here can really improve their life.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Farm discovery offers a great educational program, full of fun, hands on learning and unforgettable experiences. Farm discovery gives children the opportunity to connect with others, learn about the soil, understand plant cycles, and discovery delicious fresh organic produce; all of which, ultimately contributes to improved health outcomes.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The programs at Farm Discovery in the Pajaro Valley of California are educational, fun and an inspiration to all. Seeing real change in children's lives as they learn how to grow, harvest and eat fresh organic fruits/vegetables, be good stewards to the land and share their learnings with others is heart warming!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

A wonderful place for children to learn, grow & experience the outdoors with genuine and caring people.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

My name is Barb Beall, and our family has been a member of Live Earth Farm (LEF) since we moved to the Bay Area of Northern California in 2006 (I always search out an organic farm in my community upon arrival). I got involved a couple of years ago with Live Earth Farm at another level, first as a volunteer docent and helper at fund raising events, and eventually as a Board member, where I still serve. I love interacting with the kids as their eyes are opened to what real food and organic farming in nature is all about.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I learned about Farm Discovery at Live Earth about a decade ago as a member of the Live Earth Farm CSA program. In coming to events at the farm to benefit Farm Discovery, I was inspired by listening to the clear transformative power of the program for kids who took part in it. The transformative moment for me came at the end of a day when we went to the farm with my kids and some of their friends - mid-teens at the time - to hand harvest a small wheat field to get the feel for this basic human activity: turning grains into food. It was low key, but unforgettable for the kids, and for me; and when Farmer Tom asked if I would consider joining the Board of Farm Discovery, I said "yes". This was more than 6 years ago, and every year I am more impressed with how much Farm Discovery accomplishes, mostly in the local community but also reaching around the world, in helping young people learn about real food, farming, nature and themselves. What Farm Discovery does is both simple and profound, and the kids who experience the program report a kind of learning and increased appreciation for food, farming and their families and friends that is real and lasting.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

A true piece of Heaven at the Farm Discovery at Live Earth. Surrounded by nature and the beautiful valley of Pajaro, I have been given a gift in my volunteer work at Farm Discovery.
They have taught the love of farming and getting your hands dirty in our beautiful Mother Earth. To understand where our food comes from and how we can make it sustainable and healthy and good for all of us. We need to leave our children a legacy, it starts here !

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Donor

Rating: 5

This organization has helped guide many children in learning how to work with others to produce sustainable organic food. Some of these children have parents who work in the fields but have not learned farming from their parents.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Farm Discovery at Liver Earth Farm provide much needed agricultural education to kids. Their events are amazing and the people are fantastic. I've attended a number of events and have thoroughly enjoyed the entertainment, the people and the food

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been associated with Live Earth Farm Discovery Program since 2007. Since then, it has educated many students from inside and outside our community about sustainable agriculture. It also gives them the platform from which they can discover their identity within the environment and understand their role in conserving it. The LEFDP team is a hard-working and dedicated staff who are not only affecting our youth, but also the future of sustainable agriculture.

Board Member

Rating: 5

There is no better way to connect Kids to learning about our Earth, than to bringing them to a Farm. This is potent learning going on....these children will always remember the relationship they have with our planet, when they see where there food grows. Dirt Made their Lunch! Live Earth Farm Discovery Program Rocks!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

My name is Tera Martin, and my family have been CSA members of Live Earth Farm since 2005. We were thrilled when a separate nonprofit entity was created--the Live Earth Farm Discovery Program--to provide engaged educational opportunities about sustainable farming, healthy eating, and nutrition. Over the years I have been so proud of and humbled by the growth of this organization, expanding its ability to serve Pajaro Valley Unified schools and persistently raising the funds needed to help cash-strapped schools have the same opportunities to benefit from this education. The passion and knowledge of the LEFDP shine. Several years ago, I made this short video about my family's experiences. Please enjoy:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rcJ8BGcawbM

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Board Member

Rating: 5

My Name is Doug "Dirt " Greenfield and I am currently the President of the Board of The LIVE EARTH FARM DISCOVERY PROGRAM (LEFDP) and co-manager/artist for the Banana Slug String Band. I am honored, grateful to be a part of, and inspired by, the exemplary work that the LEFDP offers to the Central California Coast Community. Families and children of all ages are given opportunities to learn through hands on life experiences about their food sources and the core principles behind organic sustainable farming practices. Many groups are now visiting the farm through LEFDP's education coordinator, Jessica Ridgeway's efforts, to reach out to schools in the Watsonville, Ca. area. LEFDP continues to expand it's efforts to raise funds to bring in those students whose schools do not have funding to engage in such a program.

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Board Member

Rating: 4

The Adolescent Community of Santa Cruz Montessori, Wavecrest, has been visiting Live Earth Farm one day a week for the last three years. The students are guided through four work projects at the farm: art, farm economy, field studies, and health and wellness. The owners, education coordinator, interns, and staff work together to make the lessons and work meaningful for the students; as Maria Montessori called it, the students work with both the "head and the hand". They are also engaged in "real work", which effects their school community as well as the farm as a whole and discover their roles in the social organization as a result. They are brought closer to their food source and examine ethical principles behind farming in general. They also learn economic independence as they sell products at a school farm stand after their day at the farm. Wavecrest is one of the many groups that are now visiting the farm through LEFDP. The education coordinator, Jessica Ridgeway, has reached out to schools in the Watsonville area and raised funds to bring in those students whose schools do not have funding to engage in such a program.