Central Coast Organic Farm Tour
San Francisco, CA
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Central Coast Organic Farm Tour

Sunday, September 27
9 am to 6 pm

Central Coast Organic Farm Tour
Sponsored by the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture

Take in the abundance at two organic farms that sell at the Thursday Ferry Plaza Farmers Market: Thomas Farm and Dirty Girl Produce in Santa Cruz County. Jerry Thomas will show us around the farm he started in 1971, which remains one of the most diverse in the county. We'll see fields of the flowers they're famous for, learn about their orchard, cover crops, and vegetables, and meet the family's pig, chickens, and peacocks. At Dirty Girl Produce in Watsonville, farmer Joel Schirmer will take us to the two locations--one inland, another cool and coastal--where he grows beans, basil, strawberries, and more. He'll describe his methods for producing the dry-farmed tomatoes shoppers clamor for and share his techniques of crop rotation and sustainable agriculture.

The tour costs $25, including lunch made with farmers' market ingredients by CUESA's market chef. We will depart from and return to the Ferry Building in a comfortable bus. Tickets are nonrefundable.

There is no official minimum age, but the tour is geared toward adults and not recommended for children under 12.

IMPORTANT NOTE: There's a change in our pickup location. The bus will pick us up on Steuart Street, at the southwest corner of Steuart and Mission. This is just 2 blocks from the Ferry Building, and is necessary because the Embarcadero will be closed for the Race for the Cure. We will still return to the Ferry Building in the evening. Here's a map of the pickup location: http://bit.ly/gPjOb

A few reminders:

Please arrive at Steuart & Mission between 8:30 and 8:45 to check in. The bus leaves at 9:00 am. Please be prompt! We cannot wait for stragglers. Keep in mind that parking could be impacted by the race and plan accordingly. There is a map of parking options here: http://www.cuesa.org/markets/transport.php

What to bring: water bottle, comfortable walking shoes, sun protection. Dress in layers. It could be very hot.

Also consider bringing: cash for purchases, snacks, a book or other entertainment for the bus.

We will do our best to return by 6:00 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.



One Ferry Building, Suite 50
San Francisco, CA 94111
United States

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