Friday, September 28, 2012
If you would like to take a little “field trip” to the “fields,” mark your calendar for Family Farm Day at the ALBA Rural Development Center. The ALBA Family Farm Day will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 6th, at 1700 Old Stage Road in Salinas.
The world “alba” means “dawn” in Spanish. As an acronym, ALBA stands for “Agriculture and Land‑Based Training Association.” ALBA’s mission is to advance economic viability, social equity, and ecological land management among limited-resource and aspiring farmers. ALBA is trying not only to develop tomorrow’s farmers and sustainable agriculture leaders, but to improve marketing alternatives for small-scale, limited-resource farmers, while enhancing agriculture in a way that respects biological diversity.
Farm Day guests are invited to purchase a bounty of freshly harvested foods. Visitors are encouraged to bring cash and reusable bags for produce purchases. Children and bicycles are both welcome.
In other, and related, news, ALBA is now accepting applications, through October 15th, for its bilingual Farmer Education Program, designed to assist limited-resource persons who want to establish and successfully run an independent organic farming business. It is an impressive program. Get more information at kusp.org/landuse.
For more information contact: Nancy Bustos at (831) 758-1469, Ext. #15