Agriculture, Food, Nutrition

Farm Discovery at Live Earth

food, farming, nature, community

aka Live Earth Farm Discovery Program

Freedom, CA

Mission

Empowering youth and families to regenerate health: food, farming, nature and community.

Ruling Year

2009

Director

Jessica Ridgeway

Main Address

P.O. Box 3490

Freedom, CA 95019 USA

Keywords

agriculture, education, nutrition, field trips, santa cruz, organic, community supported agriculture, farm

EIN

26-3728160

 Number

0506526395

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Agricultural Programs (K20)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Agricultural, Youth Development (O52)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

We are disconnected from our food system from nature and from each other. When we connect we regenerate health: personal, environmental, food system and community.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Farm Tours

Wee Ones & Small Farmers

Wavecrest Farm Exploratory

Home School Discovery

Sprouts Camp

Farm to Table Camp

Art on the Farm Camp

Farm Immersion

Where we workNew!

Our Results

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Number of free participants on field trips

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Children and youth (0-19 years),

Minorities,

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Related program

Farm Tours

Total number of fields trips

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Farm Tours

number of pounds of produce donated

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Children and youth (0-19 years),

Minorities,

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Number of program participant hours

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Context notes

Participant hours is the total time multiplied by the number of participants in our programs. It is used as a way of comparing very different programs.

Number of students who receive scholarship funds and/or tuition assistance

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Children and youth (0-19 years),

Minorities,

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

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What we care about
We believe that we can transform personal and community health and improve our impact on earth by building and sustaining collaborative agricultural, ecological and social systems. We believe that communities armed with knowledge and the skills of inquiry can transform food, farming and natural systems for the better.

* Farm Discovery offers educational programs that inspire youth and families to transform their relationship to food, farming and nature.
* We steward our working farm and its wild spaces as an environmentally and economically viable piece of the food system and a learning space.
* We collaborate with community partners to learn from each other and extend our collective impact in the community.

Our excellent team is well equipped to offer dynamic, effective and empowering programs in several different formats to reach youth and families where they are to build and regenerate personal, environmental, community and food system health. With our variety of programs, we can spend from three hours to a whole week engaging with food in the fields, animal pens and kitchen classroom, developing care for and a sense of wonder that leads to healthy behaviors. Effective partnership is critical to the success of our approach; some of our key partners include the Pajaro Valley Unified School District, the California Regional Environmental Education Community, members of the Pajaro Valley Agriculture Education Collaborative, the Santa Cruz County Go For Health Collaborative and the Pajaro Valley Food, Farming and Health Policy Council.

We assess and evaluate our programs and participant learning using a Participatory Action Research model. We collect evaluation data on every engagement from students, teacher and parents.

The data collected is used to improve programs and curricula on an ongoing basis, making them accessible and effective.

*We have built our programs to serve almost 3000 youth and families a year.
*We can offer 40%+ of participants partial and full scholarships.
*We offer 9 different high quality programs that inspire youth and families to transform their relationship to food, farming and nature.
* We steward our working farm and its wild spaces as an environmentally and economically viable piece of the food system and a learning space.
* We collaborate with community partners to learn from each other and extend our collective impact in the community.
* We founded the Pajaro Valley Agriculture Education Collaborative and are founding members of the Pajaro Valley Food, Farming and Health Policy Council.

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Financials

Farm Discovery at Live Earth

Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Not Applicable

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

Not Applicable

Organizational Demographics

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Gender

Race & Ethnicity

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Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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Diversity Strategies

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