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Grow a Farmer Benefit Dinner
Pie Ranch
Pescadero, CA
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Grow a Farmer Benefit Dinner
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The Dinner
    On June 7th at 5pm, Pie Ranch and Gabriella Cafe will be hosting a five course dinner to bring people together to celebrate and support the apprenticeship program at UCSC.  The event is supported entirely by volunteers, and 100% of the proceeds will benefit the campaign.  The food will be all be sourced locally, the majority donated, much of it from past apprentices.  
    Because of the nature of this system, we cannot post a menu this far ahead of time, but we can tell you will definitely see plenty of veggies, probably some Dirty Girl strawberries, some Straus Dairy, a healthy serving of Pie Ranch Wheat and some of Marin Sun Farms beautiful organic meat.  Expect to see wines from Peterson, Ridge, Storrs, Bonny Doon, and more!  For dietary restrictions and questions please contact Joseph Sloggy at jsloggy@gmail.com.

   There are 3 ticket tiers.  $75 will get you general admission and $85 will get you wine too (IDs will be checked at the door).  This event is meant to be accessible, not exclusive and elite, so we have reserved some spots for those who wish to contribute to the campaign in ways other than their pocket book.   Please email Joseph Sloggy at jsloggy@gmail.com to find out about the option to volunteer before and/or after the event and only pay cost!

What To Bring
    The event is going to he held outside, so wear sturdy comfortable shoes, and it will be in the evening, so dress warmly.  Also, we request that all persons attending bring their own nice plate and silverware.  Please no disposables, as they will not only detract from the elegance of the dinner, but most importantly causes unnecessary waste.

Silent Auction and Music
    Following the meal guests are all invited to head into the barn to continue the festivities, in the form music and a silent auction, with numerous items ranging from art, to merchandise from Patagonia, a 2 hour fruit tree care session with Orin Martin , a Permaculture consultation with Ken Foster, a 2 night stay at Costanoa Resort in Pescadero and more.

The Cause
    Every year in April, new apprentices eagerly arrive at CASFS (The Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems) at UCSC.  Though they have all come from different walks of life, on different ends of the globe, they all come together for one reason, a six month practical training in organic farming.  From here, many have started their own organic farms and market gardens; others share the skills they've learned through urban gardening projects, youth gardens and farms, school and college farming programs, and apprenticeships on their own farms; a number of Apprenticeship graduates work in international programs in sustainable agriculture; many have helped advance organic farming through marketing and policy efforts.
Because this program has reached a level of success and maturity that calls for the creation of permanent on-site housing to replace the practice of apprentices living in tents, $250,000 is needed by June, to provide living spaces for the apprentices. This will ensure that the program is as affordable and accessible as possible, and that it continues to offer apprentices the vital experience of connecting deeply with the land they are working.  For more information visit www.growafarmer.org.


Pie Ranch
2080 Cabrillo Highway
Pescadero, CA 94060
United States



Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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