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|Business Name||Farm Discovery at Live Earth|
|Address||172 Litchfield Lane|
If you’re coming from Santa Cruz on Highway 1, take the Freedom Blvd. exit. Take Freedom Blvd. east for 5 miles. At the stop sign, turn left onto Corralitos Blvd., then take the first right onto Varni. Varni becomes Pioneer at a 4-way intersection. Continue straight onto Pioneer. At the T-intersection with Green Valley Rd, turn left. After a sharp right-hand bend on Green Valley Rd, Litchfield Lane will be on your left at the bottom of the hill. Turn onto Litchfield Lane and follow our signs (the farm is approx. 3/4 mi. in from Green Valley). Please follow sign for parking.|
If you’re coming from Monterey on Highway 1, take the Green Valley Rd. exit and go all the way through the town of Watsonville, past Pinto Lake (on your left), past Casserly Rd. (on your right) and past Pioneer Rd. (on your left). After a sharp right-hand bend on Green Valley Rd, Litchfield Lane will be on your left at the bottom of the hill. Turn onto Litchfield Lane and follow our signs (the farm is approx. 3/4 mi. in from Green Valley). Please follow sign for parking.
|Primary Ag Business||fruit or nut orchards, poultry, eggs, sheep, goats, hogs, llamas, alpacas, other animals, vegetable, berries, melon production|
|Farm or ranch acreage||150|
Farm Discovery at Live Earth engages kids and families with seasonal, organic, and local food systems for their bodies, the environment and their communities.|
Food, farming and nature exist in complex, interconnected socio-cultural, economic and ecological systems. Farm Discovery empowers kids and families to make these systems regenerative and healing for individuals, communities, and the natural world.
Farm Discovery’s vision is growing healthy relationships through food, farming and nature.
Our farm, Live Earth Farm (LEF), established in 1996, is a 150 acre diversified, organic, family farm overlooking the Pajaro Valley in the Santa Cruz area of California. LEF runs a year round CSA, growing over 50 different fruits and vegetables surrounded by a native landscape of redwoods and oak woodland. LEF’s produce is directly marketed through local farmer’s markets, restaurants, a thriving web store, and a weekly CSA program. Education has always been a part of Live Earth Farm since its beginning, but in 2007 a separate non-profit entity, Farm Discovery was formally established to compliment and expand the educational programs at Live Earth Farm. We now host more than 2000 children on the farm each year for engaging farm-based, hands-on learning opportunities in a variety of formats.
- Farm Discovery offers educational programs that inspire youth and families to transform their relationship to food, farming and nature through 9 different farm-based education programs for all ages.|
- 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.
Sheep to Shawl Fair- annually in March|
Fall Feast in the Fields- annually in September
Harvest Festival- annually in October
|Accommodations||conference facility/meeting room, wedding or event facilities, youth or group camp|
|Direct Agricultural Sales||farm stand, fresh produce, on-farm sales, U-pick|
|Educational Experience||agricultural technical tours, classes or workshops, farm tours, participatory experience, processing or packing facility tour, school or youth tours|
|Entertainment||festivals and fairs, games, races and contests, hay rides, petting zoo, picnic or play area, pumpkin patch, special events|
|Outdoor Recreation||bird watching, nature walks, photography, wildlife viewing|