Three Wise Farmers Tour
Three Wise Farmers Tour
Sunday, September 28, 8 am to 7:30 pm
Sponsored by The Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture (CUESA)
**Note: if you do not have tickets but online sales have ended, you can still come on the tour and pay by check or cash.**
At Woodleaf Farm in Oroville, we'll stroll the fields with wise farmer Carl Rosato, stopping under shady trees to discuss the many creative ways he cares for his land. Carl is particularly excited to talk about his methods for supporting soil fertility, which he credits with saving him this year when his entire crop of stone fruit was lost during a serious frost. Though peaches are what Woodleaf Farm is most famous for, this year's crop of cucumbers, string beans, and other vegetables don't disappoint. In order to experience organic farming and the rich soil first hand, we will get to help a bit in the fields with the latest crop of beets. As we wander along, Carl will also show us several green farm structures and share the innovative eco- methods used to build and maintain them. Before we hit the road we'll enjoy a delicious lunch in the beautiful Woodleaf fruit orchard.
After lunch we'll head to Massa Organics, where wise farmers Greg Massa and Raquel Krach will take us on a tour of their amazing rice fields and share the intricate inner workings and challenges of growing both organic and conventional rice in California. We'll also get to see their eco-friendly straw bale house, learn about the important role that farmers' market sales have played in their financial sustainability, and hear about the latest advancements they are making both in rice growing and crop diversification. Tour participants can take home a taste of Massa Organics by purchasing rice and wheat berries at the end of the tour.
After the tours, we'll settle in on the bus and enjoy a light dinner during our ride back.
The tour costs $35 and includes a delicious lunch and light dinner of farmers' market foods. Tickets are nonrefundable. We will leave and return to the Ferry Building in a comfortable bus.
There is no minimum age, but the tour is geared toward adults and not recommended for children under 12.
Meet at the Ferry Building (in the front, south side of the clocktower). Be there between 7:30 and 7:45; we leave at 8.
For those in the East Bay, the departure is before the first BART train and so we will have an East Bay pickup (and drop off) location. For East Bay departure, meet outside the Woodfin Hotel in Emeryville, in front of the Emery Grille restaurant. It shares a parking lot with Borders Books and the Emery Bay Public Market. Here is a map:
Be there between 7:45 and 8, for pickup at approximately 8:15. CUESA volunteer Rachel Cole will be there to check you in. **Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you're meeting us in the East Bay.**
Please be prompt! We can't afford to wait for stragglers. It's a long enough day already.
What to bring: refillable water bottle, sun protection (it may be a very hot and sunny day!), sturdy walking shoes, clothes that can get dirty, and snacks if you think you'll want more than the lunch and light dinner provided. Well have a jug of water for refills. Wear sturdy shoes for walking on uneven earth. Cameras are welcome. You might also want to bring some cash (small bills if you have them); if time allows we'll be able to buy organic almonds at Massa and pumpkins (and possibly other veggies) at Woodleaf.
We suggest you eat a good breakfast before you come, as we will not be stopping to eat until after we have finished our first tour (about 12:30).
We will do our best to return by 7:30 pm, but traffic conditions can be unpredictable and we can't guarantee punctual arrival.
We sincerely thank our farm tour sponsor, First National Bank of Northern California for underwriting tour costs and Coach 21 for providing a discount on the bus charter fee.
1 Ferry Bldg
San Francisco, CA
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: No|