Farm Discovery empowers youth and families to regenerate healthy food, farming, nature and community in the Pajaro Valley. We improve personal and community health and our impact on the Earth by building collaborative agricultural, ecological and social systems.
Many local farms cannot find skilled labor locally and must hire workers from outside the area, even while the Pajaro Valley is home to the largest family-owned organic farm in the U.S. In addition, our most food insecure members often work in agriculture or are the children of agricultural workers.
We address both issues by offering Santa Cruz County youth an opportunity to learn to grow healthy food through a 10-month paid internship that inspires them to pursue careers in agriculture or environmental education. The students gain a unique set of skills aligned with Next Generation Science Standards.
The interns will spread their knowledge into the community by teaching thousands of local youth through our field trips and summer camp programs, passing on the skills to grow their own produce, along with cooking and preserving, tackling two major skill sets to benefit the younger students and their families.
The interns finish the program with various levels of mastery of skills such as propagation, cultivation, soil fertility, pest management, and post production that Farm Discovery is uniquely suited to provide with access to Live Earth Farm’s 150 acres of organic production — an inspiring learning space.
I want to take the time to thank all the staff at Farm Discovery for the opportunity given to my son Ruben. He enjoyed the beautiful crafts, and learning about farm life. Even though he’s such a picky eater, he really did come out with a more open mind about trying new food.
Jackie Barbosa, mother of a summer camper, aged 5, Watsonville