Farm Field Studies

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THE FARM FIELD STUDIES PROGRAM brings children and young adults from around the Bay Area to local farms. Students tour fields in different growing stages, learn about soil microbes, conduct pond or creek studies, feed sheep, visit baby calves, and explore the natural environment around these organic farms. Through hands-on activities they make connections between the environment, agriculture, and the food they eat. Our goal is to empower young people to make food choices that will positively impact their long-term health. Knowledge of where food comes from is a powerful tool for teaching good nutrition. Experiencing farms first-hand can inspire young people to become active participants in a sustainable food system as consumers, and even as producers of their own food!

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for the FFS Program, please fill out our Volunteer Application.

 

Bivalve Dairy Farm

We offer Farm Field Studies trips to the following locations:

BIANCHINI RANCH/BIVALVE DAIRYPOINT REYES
Learn about where milk comes from, how local ranchers care for dairy cows, and how dairy farming fits in with our natural environment. Lessons are led by Karen and John Taylor, owners of Bivalve Dairy and Bianchini Ranch. Trips for Kindergarten-up.

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DEVILS GULCH RANCH | NICASIO
Devil’s Gulch Ranch is a diversified family farm located in Nicasio of Marin County has been under the operation of Mark Pasternak since 1971. The diversified Ranch offers a unique farm tour involving a range of working farm animals including; pigs, goats, horses, rabbits, dogs, and chickens as well as grapes and row crops.  With an emphasis in sustainable agriculture and over 80 years of combined agricultural experience, Mark and Myriam Pasternak provide fun and informative tours for students of all grade levels.

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DOLCINI RED HILL RANCH | PETALUMA
Situated at the intersection of Hicks Valley Road and Point Reyes-Petaluma Road, Dolcini’s Red Hill Ranch has been in the ownership of the Dolcini family for nearly a century. Kitty Dolcini has a passion for land stewardship and has created a system in which chickens, cattle, organic fruit and vegetable growers all work together. Her Farm tour explores the aspects of 1,000 laying hens and terms like “free range” and “pasture raised.” Students are given the opportunity to see the old culture of dairy farming and how Marin Farmers are adapting for the future. Farm tours are for 2nd grade-up.

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DRAPER FARMSSAN ANSELMO
Draper farms is a sustainably run urban vegetable farm located in the heart of San Anselmo. They have a strong belief in the value of sustainable food systems and provide a membership CSA program for the local community. With their extensive knowledge in bee keeping, the Drapers offer a unique opportunity for the youth to experience the life of pollinators and their impact on our ecosystems. Farm tours are for students of all grade levels.

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GOSPEL FLAT FARMBOLINAS
Located on the fringe of the Bolinas lagoon nature preserve, Gospel Flats Farm is a diversified vegetable farm where chickens, pigs, working dogs, and the farmer all contribute to an active nutrient cycle. Gospel Flat’s honor-based farm stand offers a unique opportunity for students to understand how consumers can purchase food from farmers directly. Mickey Murch, farmer and owner, leads students through the various farming practices of a small-scale organic farm and his innovative techniques that have allowed his farm to flourish. Farm tours are for 3rd grade-up.

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GREEN GULCH FARMMUIR BEACH
Green Gulch Farm is a thriving organic vegetable farm located near Muir Beach. AIM educators lead students on trips where they learn about pollinator species, how diversity contributes to a healthy agricultural landscape, and the various aspects of organic row-crop framing. Students will start with a trail walk into the farm followed by a tour of the farm, green house, and educational gardens. Trips are for 1st grade-up.

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INDIAN VALLEY ORGANIC FARM & GARDENNOVATO
Indian Valley Organic Farm and Garden is a working educational farm located at the Novato campus of College of Marin. Trips are co-led by AIM and North Bay Conservation Corps educators. Students will learn about vegetable farming with lessons around the soil nutrient cycle, lifecycles of plants, composting systems, and the ecology of agriculture. Trips for 1st grade-up.

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PARADISE VALLEY PRODUCEBOLINAS
Farmer Sandy Dierks teaches children about soil health, seasonal harvests, and the salmon lifecycle. Because the Pine Gulch Creek runs through Paradise Valley Produce, students are able to connect the health of salmon to the health of the creek and the role that a farm must play to ensure survival of local fish. With 40 years of experience in organic farming, Paradise Valley offers a unique tour where students will learn about the importance of living soil and the techniques used to enhance microbial life. Tours are for first grade-up.

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WINDRUSH FARMPETALUMA
Mimi Luebberman and Mrs. Dragonfly offer comprehensive field trips to Windrush Farm where students feed sheep, spin wool, learn about pond life, and make connections between the environment and agriculture. Trips for Kindergarten-up.

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FARM FIELD trips are available March-November for K-12 students and community groups.

PRICING – The cost to visit a farm is $15 per student, however we offer a fee scale based on ability to pay and have  scholarships available for schools or community groups serving low-income youth. AIM is dedicated to empowering youth to become active participants in their food system, so please feel free to contact us for more information about scholarships.

Please click the farm links above to see availability at each location and to register for a trip.