CUESA | Food & Farm Tour: Another Clucking Farm Tour

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Another Clucking Farm Tour

Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 1:30pm to 7:30pm

Summer is coming to an end, and what better way to celebrate than with another clucking farm tour. Venture down the coast with us to beautiful Pescadero to visit Fifth Crow Farm and Root Down Farm, two first-generation farms dedicated to humane and sustainable agriculture.

Our first stop will be Fifth Crow Farm, where we’ll learn about three farmers’ journey to create a values-driven organic farm. We will walk through the fields, meet the laying hens, and take part in the threshing, winnowing, and cleaning of fresh shelling beans—and you’ll get to take home some of the delicious products of your labor!

Next, we will trek over to Root Down Farm, where Dede Boies raises heritage chickens, turkeys, ducks, and pigs for meat. Started in 2014, Root Down is a sustainable operation with a mission to humanely raise healthy animals and combat the negative impacts of industrial animal agriculture. We will learn about the history of the farm and land and have an opportunity to pet the pigs, chickens, ducks and guard dogs. We’ll also get to enjoy the fields of herbs, flowers, and vegetables Dede sublets to Steadfast Herbs and Fly Girl Farm

Tickets include a hearty snack made with care from farmer’s market ingredients as well as round-trip transportation from downtown in a comfortable, air-conditioned bus. Tickets are nonrefundable but transferable to another guest for this tour.

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Graduates of the UCSC Farm & Garden program, John Vars, Mike Irving, and Teresa Kurtak founded Fifth Crow Farm on a shoestring budget in Pescadero in 2008. They pride themselves in values-driven farming based on economic viability, social justice, and ecologically sound practices. Fifth Crow is committed to sustainable production methods and is certified organic by California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF). Fifth Crow is also partnered with the NRCS (FDA’s Natural Resources Conservation service). Fifth Crow’s pop-up is sponsored through CUESA’s ongoing partnership with Kitchen Table Advisors. Together, CUESA and Kitchen Table Advisors are supporting the economic viability of the next generation of sustainable small farms by offering critical market and promotion opportunities and in-depth business and financial advising.

Gaining experience on farms from New Zeland to Hawaii, Dede evetually found her passion in raising livestock. In 2014, she decided to start her own humane and sustainable operation to do her part in combatting the negative impacts of industrial animal agriculture. Today, Root Down Farm is a diverse, pasture-based farm located in the beautiful coastal town of Pescadero, California that raises heritage chickens, turkeys, ducks, and pigs. Dede’s mission is to humanely raise the healthiest animals possible while working within the ecosystem to responsibly steward the land. The farm focuses on the strong genetics of heritage breed livestock to ensure the animals grow at a normal rate while thriving outside on pasture. Root Down has been certified organic by California Certified Organic Farmers since 2014 and is also Animal Welfare Certified.

Where to meet: Meet at the southwest corner of Steuart and Mission streets. Please arrive by 1:15 pm; we leave 1:30 pm. Please be prompt! We cannot wait for stragglers. Transportation will be provided.

Things to know: The weather can be unpredictable. Please dress in layers. Shoes must be appropriate for walking around the farm, closed-toe and preferably waterproof. The ground on farms is uneven, so please make sure these conditions are suitable for you.

We may or may not have access to a restroom on our bus for the trip down to Pescadero and back. We will not be able to make a restroom stop along the way.

The tour is geared toward adults and will probably not be enjoyable for young children. Children who are likely to appreciate an adult-level tour are welcome to come with their guardians. Please call if you have questions.

Bring: A water bottle, layers, sunscreen. Optional: snacks, a camera, and cash for purchases. We will do our best to be back in San Francisco by 7:30 pm, but traffic conditions can be unpredictable and we can’t guarantee punctual arrival.

We sincerely thank our farm tour sponsor First National Bank of Northern California for underwriting tour costs and Coach 21 for providing a discount on the bus charter fee.

Please note: Tickets are nonrefundable but are transferable to another guest for this tour.

A note about price: CUESA is committed to providing accessible food system education to all. If you are interested in a scholarship for one of our farm tours, please email Carrie Sullivan (carrie@cuesa.org) for a scholarship application.

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