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  • Welcome to ALBA (Agriculture And Land-Based Training Association)
    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

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  • About ALBA
    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 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 current clients such as Stanford University Dining Services and Asilomar Conference

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  • Programs
    Quick Links Get Involved Calendar How to Contribute Resources Programs Marketing Education Home Programs About ALBA ALBA Organics News Our Farms Contact Us

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