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  • Welcome to ALBA (Agriculture & Land-Based Training Association)
    today ALBA sent a letter to President Obama applauding his leadership and encouraging him to continue to focus on California s drought Funny to be talking about drought when El Nino storms dropped 3 inches of welcome rain in the last two weeks Unfortunately it has done little Read More The Agriculture and Land Based Training Association ALBA provides educational and business opportunities for farm workers and aspiring farmers to grow and sell crops grown on two organic farms in Monterey County California Our mission is to advance economic viability social equity and ecological land management among limited resource and aspiring farmers We work to create opportunities for family farms while providing education and demonstration on conservation habitat restoration marketing and whole farm planning ALBA is accepting applications to participate in the Farmer Education Program PEPA Download Application and Course Description September 25th 2015 dateline to receive applications The course goes from November 4 2015 September 24 2016 AlBA está aceptando aplicaciones para participar en el curso del Programa Educativo para Agricultores PEPA Si le interesa participar aquí está la Aplicación y la Descripción del Curso Septiembre 25 del 2015 es fecha límite para recibir aplicaciones El curso va desde

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  • About ALBA
    law in Monterey County and also served as District Attorney Ultimately he became a Superior Court Judge He was also an accomplished artist widely known as one of the best landscape artists capturing scenes of the Salinas Valley Geraldine Bardin was a head nurse at Carmel Hospital and was well known for running the farm here Judge Bardin had seven children including noted plant pathologist Roy E Bardin who was very active on the farm and with plant research in the region Another child Nancy Bardin Mitchell visits ALBA each summer and has shared various family history documents and the photographs seen here Painting of the Salinas farm James Bardin With the 1972 property sale the federally sponsored Central Coast Counties Cooperative Development Center established a farm based program eight miles south of downtown Salinas The program sought to help small scale Latino farmers work together to form cooperatives and achieve a competitive advantage in the marketplace Heavily dependent upon federal grant support the program ended because of economic opportunity program cuts during the early years of President Ronald Reagan s administration The Rural Development Center RDC was founded on the farm in 1985 by the Association for Community Based Education ACBE of Washington DC Their aim was to serve farm workers in the Salinas Valley where farms specializing in cool season high value crops attract a massive largely low skill and low paid labor force Recent estimates indicate that approximately 28 of Monterey County s population is engaged in agricultural field or processing work The number of laborers varies from 70 000 to more than 110 000 during peak season The RDC pioneered the idea of a Farmworker to Farmer program where agricultural workers gain broader skills leading to their advancement on the job in farm management or possibly farm ownership From 1985 to 2000 the RDC initiated several successful programs including a women s community garden farmers and children s visits to elder care centers and numerous farm field days ACBE also initiated a major capital campaign that resulted in the construction of an office classroom maintenance shop and produce cooler warehouse on the farm We are grateful for ACBE s talents and success History of the Agriculture and Land Based Training Association The RDC maintained a local advisory board and this group initiated discussions toward the goal of transforming the organization into a locally governed non profit based in Monterey County The effort proceeded in earnest in 2000 and the Agriculture and Land Based Training Association ALBA was incorporated in 2001 Since then ALBA has honed the previous RDC program strategies and improved land lease agreements with and responsibilities of participating farmers We have also expanded the educational curriculum and received Hartnell College s accreditation for the Small Farmer Education Program In addition ALBA also created ALBA Organics as a licensed produce distributor to provide marketing education and greater sales opportunities for beginning farmers Its strategy is to open up new direct markets for organic produce including

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  • Programs - Agricultural Training and Education
    six The Rural Development Center farm focuses on beginning farmer education The Triple M Ranch serves more experienced farmers working to improve their business performance ALBA provides hundreds of technical assistance services each year for more than 70 farmers The organization requires an annually updated farm business plan for land lease renewal and also surveys farmers regarding educational development and business performance including core competencies total sales wages paid and other expenses total household income business equity and other measures of farm business development ALBA Organics Produce Distribution Produce sales that match the needs of beginning farmers especially their scales of production are vital for successful business development ALBA Organics is an earned income social venture that provides marketing education while supporting beginning farmers sales development It purchases fresh certified organic fruits and vegetables from a variety of farmers at ALBA as well as regional farmers and distributes produce to diverse and discerning customers including wholesale retail and food service sectors All farmer vendors comply with a food safety and other procurement policies including quality control to assure top quality organic produce Food Land and Water Connecting Families with Conservation This program is a multicultural environmental science curriculum for 3rd and 4th grade students primarily focused on the Alisal Union School District in Salinas ALBA hosts 1000 children per year with beginning farmers involvement to support hands on science based learning in the context of functional biodiversity on a working organic farm Teachers youth and chaperones visit farmers at ALBA to learn about organic agriculture water quality beneficial insects soil health habitat healthful foods rural culture and career aspirations in small business ALBA s Voluntary Wetlands Restoration Project Project Background On September 2013 after nine years of project planning including a three year arduous permitting process ALBA has finally implemented a voluntary wetlands restoration project on its Triple M Ranch outside of Watsonville in Las Lomas CA ALBA s Triple M Ranch resides in the Elkhorn Watershed characterized by the following stressors Sediment and nutrient inputs from Carneros Creek and the local watershed A lowered regional water table Fill and sediment deposits related to historic agricultural practices and Reclamation ditches and water control structures onsite and downstream Two state and federal Endangered species have been observed breeding on the Triple M Ranch the California red legged frog Rana draytonii and Santa Cruz long toed salamander Ambystoma macrodactylum croceum Additionally another state Endangered species California Tiger Salamander Ambystoma californiense has been observed within a mile of the Ranch and is suspected to use breeding habitat on the Ranch The project is high profile in nature as many regulatory agencies involved had no prior experience permitting a voluntary restoration project that included the construction of habitat for Endangered species including one state Fully Protected species ALBA s project was granted the state s first Safe Harbors Agreement with CA Department of Fish and Game The project aims to restore over 40 acres of wetlands within the 195 acre Triple M Ranch by

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  • ALBA Organics sells locally grown and organic farm-fresh produce at competitive prices
    831 758 5315 What makes ALBA Organics unique You will receive local fresh organic and source verified produce with an identity You will support small scale beginning and organic farmers most of whom are immigrants You may request that farmers custom grow specific products or produce varieties to fulfill your culinary vision We partner with schools and universities to assure that students can visit the ALBA farms and meet the people who grow your food When you choose to buy from ALBA Organics you are contributing to small farm success while also supporting ALBA the organization that makes it possible ALBA Organics also offers marketing education for farmers on packing and sales for wholesale and retail distribution including food safety and quality control ALBA Organics staff members are integral to the ALBA Farmer Education Program and numerous other educational activities with partners and customers About us In 2002 ALBA established ALBA Organics as a licensed produce distributor to support the sales and training needs of beginning farmers as an essential component to their development and success as entrepreneurs ALBA Organics provides farmer vendors with vital technical assistance on crop planning field production post harvest handling packing as well as the

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  • News
    2011 Site Allows Hollister Residents to Grow Food Learn Organic Techniques They Can Use the Pinnacle October 14 2011 Start a Vegetable Subscription Pleasanton Patch October 13 2011 Funding Challenges Keep Numbers of New Farmers Low San Francisco Chronicle SFGate com July 23 2011 ALBA Director Resigns Monterey Herald July 2 2011 ALBA Farmer Education Program Graduation the Salinas Californian June 23 2011 New Organic Farmers Face Big Challenges HealthyCal org March 29 2011 Food Safety Workshop for Small Farmers the Californian March 23 2011 Farm Workers are climbing the Organic Food Chain Grist org March 18 2011 Agricultural Field Day Planed for Saturday Coastal Lines March 2 2011 ALBA Farmers Participating in Ecofarm Conference Univision Monterey Channel 67 January 26 2011 ALBA Inicia Curso de Agricultura Organica El Sol de Salinas January 8 2011 North Oakland s Phat Beets to Launch CSA Box East Bay Express Oakland January 3 2011 Keeping Goats in Oakland East Bay Express Oakland December 29 2010 KTSF TV 26 Organic Farming and ALBA Chinese language television serving San Francisco Bay Area December 2010 Part I Part II New Farmer Starting Nov 13th Rigo Bucio Oakland Local November 5 2010 Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour Encourages Young Adults to Stars Business Santa Cruz Sentinel October 28 2010 Center Teaches Organic Farming and Business Methods City on a Hill Press October 21 2010 How Family Farming Revitalizes Local Economies Ecosalon September 16 2010 Demand Growing for the Sustainability and Fresh Produce from Community Gardens Monterey County Herald September 1 2010 Farr Urges Collaboration of Monterey Areas Industries Monterey County Herald August 31 2010 California Incubator Nurtures New Farmers Sacramento Bee August 22 2010 Small Farms Big Future National Radio Project August 17 2010 This radio program aired recently on dozens of community public radio stations nationwide The segment called Turning Farm Workers into Farm Owners features Karina Canto Efren Avalos farmers from ALBA and also ALBA s Deputy Director Gary Peterson Small farmers and local chefs sow our souls Monterey County Weekly August 12 2010 In Support of Small Farms Monterey County Herald August 11 2010 Salinas Valley Innovation Hub Designation Sought Monterey County Herald July 24 2010 Agricultural Workers in Salinas Valley Are Food Insecure Annenberg News May 13 2010 26 Organic Farmers Graduate from Education Program Salinas Californian July 12 2010 Farmers Markets Grow with Electronic Food Stamps Monterey County Weekly July 8 2010 Salinas Ag Group Offers Farm Food Promo for Food Stamps Recipients Salinas Californian July 2 2010 ALBA Launching Food Stamps Bonus at Local Farmers Markets Salinas Californian July 1 2010 Good Monday Morning Salinas St Paul Episcopal Church Offers Produce Market to Seniors the Salinas Californian June 4 2010 The Gift of Exchange An Organic Conversation Radio Show Tony Serrano General Manager of ALBA Organics April 24 2010 Hector Mora Farm Hero of the Month Farm Aid March 24 2010 New Bill Increases Farmers Markets Accessibility to Electronic Food Stamps The California Aggie March 1 2010 California Farmers Market s Market Consortium

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  • Welcome to ALBA (Agriculture And Land-Based Training Association)
    on leased land that they manage elsewhere By creating more diverse market options ALBA is opening new opportunities for farmers in northern Monterey County where more than half speak Spanish as their first language TRIPLE M RANCH DIRECTIONS Our address is 420 Hall Road 95076 Google maps directs you to the mailbox on Hall Road but our office is located away from the road So follow these directions From Highway 1 Take Highway 1 Salinas road exit and head East from the North go over the highway Pass the Pajaro Valley Golf Course Right after the golf course veer to the right onto Werner Road At the stop sign turn right onto Hall Road Pass the firestation and Las Lomas Market Our turn off is Sill Road It is the first street you can take a right on after the market maybe mile down the road and directly across from Hall Elementary School Also look for a large sign that says Las Lomas Rancho Turn right on Sill Road dirt road pass over a new installed box culvert bridge and follow the road to the left It will end at a T intersection at a white barn Turn right on the drive way up a hill that ends at a green farm house This is ALBA s office at its Triple M Ranch From Salinas 1 Highway 101 2 Exit San Miguel Canyon Road 3 Go through the canyon to the stoplight at Hall Road 4 Left onto Hall Road 5 Pass Johnson Road 6 Pass Pini Road 7 The first right after Johnson is Sill Road turn off directly across from Hall Elementary School Look for a large sign that says Las Lomas Rancho with a lot of farm animals on it 8 Turn left on Sill Road dirt

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  • Welcome to ALBA (Agriculture And Land-Based Training Association)
    See the Our Farms page for directions and map links ALBA Organics 1700 Old Stage Salinas CA 93907 Sales 831 758 5958 Accounting 831 758 5315 Fax 831 758 3665 Staff E Mails Meet our Staff You may contact ALBA staff members by e mail by using addresses as such firstname albafarmers org Our Contact Info Christopher Brown Executive Director chris albafarmers org Nancy B Porto Education and Outreach Coordinator

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  • Get Involved
    Program Get Involved Are you interested in getting involved with ALBA Here are some ways to do it Donate Subscribe to our newsletter Spread the word about ALBA Enroll in PEPA the Farmer Education Program learn more about the Farmer

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