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edible Monterey Bay Summer 2015

JUST FOR KIDS Children in our area generally get a healthy education in good nutrition and how food is produced through the many excellent school garden, farm-to-school and life lab programs around the Monterey Bay. For extra credit during the summer months and lots of fun, consider taking your children on a trip to the Earthbound Farm Stand in Carmel Valley where the younger set can play in a tipi, wander through the aromatherapy labyrinth and delight in a fragrant herb cutting garden. On weekends there are special events for kids (and parents, too) like bug walks, garlic braiding and wreath making. At The Farm on Highway 68 in Salinas, children can see 30 different types of vegetables in organic cultivation. There’s storytime on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:30am and special events like puppet shows and hayrides on weekends. In Watsonville, the Agricultural History Project at the county fairgrounds hosts 2nd Saturday on the Farmevery month. There’s a farm animal petting area and old-timey activities like butter churning, icecream making and tractor driving. For a serious dose of farm life, consider enrolling your child in a farm camp. Live Earth Farm’s Discovery Program hosts one-week sessions, including a farm-to-table camp where kids ages 6–12 learn about farming, food preparation and preservation. MEarth environmental education program at Carmel Middle School offers two oneweek sessions called Food, Farming, Fun!, which include planting, harvesting, organic pest control and cooking with garden produce. Camp Gateway in Santa Cruz hosts two sessions in July called Ranch Builders, where budding farmers and ranchers will have a chance to learn how to build fences and stalls, feed animals and pick produce at Jade’s Ranch just outside of town. Crystal Bay Farm in Watsonville also has a farm camp for kids ages 7–14, who learn about growing food in a fun atmosphere near the beach. And right around the corner, in October, pumpkin patches and corn mazes will start popping up on farms throughout the Monterey Bay area. They’re one of the most popular agritourism options around and a great chance to introduce even the youngest tots to the pleasures of visiting a farm. SPEND THE NIGHT: LOCAL FARM STAY OPPORTUNITIES All of these farms are located in Monterey, San Benito or Santa Cruz County and all offer the chance to stay on a farm and engage to varying degrees in farm life. For farm stay opportunities outside of the Monterey Bay area, visit the website www.farmstayus.com. Carmel Lavender Farm—Tassajara and Cachagua roads, Carmel Valley, www.carmellavender.com Crystal Bay Farm—40 Zils Road, Watsonville, www.crystalbayfarm.com Inn at the Pinnacles—32025 Stonewall Canyon Road, Soledad, www.innatthepinnacles.com Lucky Goat Family Farm—47320 Highway 1, Big Sur, www.farmstayus.com R&G Land and Cattle Co.—22100 Airline Highway, Paicines, www.ranchstay.net Rancho Dos Amantes—222 Wendy Way, Bradley, www.ranchodosamantes.com V6 Ranch—66450 Parkfield-Coalinga Road, Parkfield, www.parkfield.com 56 edible monterey bay Summer 2015 Photo courtesy of Lucky Goat Family Farm


edible Monterey Bay Summer 2015
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