On The Farm

On The Farm2018-10-30T10:46:53+00:00

We offer 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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CHETWYN FARM | HAYWARD
Chetwyn Farm is a small family farm located in the Hayward Hills. Its history goes back to the 1800’s where it was an old cattle ranch. It has gone through many changes through the decades. On the property among the citrus trees, the family discovered an avocado tree and the avocado adventure began. David and Anna first planted six trees to see how they would grow, and grow they did.

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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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HAPPY ACRE FARMSUNOL
Happy Acre Farm is truly a hidden gem in the Tri-Valley – sustainable farming, with beautiful organic produce, thoughtfully harvested and marketed. Helena & Matthew Sylvester (wife and husband team) are first-generation farmers and first became interested in food through watching food documentaries and becoming more conscious about what we they were eating

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INDIAN VALLEY ORGANIC FARMNOVATO
Indian Valley Organic Farm & Garden showcases innovative sustainable agricultural and living practices, growing over 300 varieties of certified organic vegetables, fruits, flowers, herbs and other perennials. The farm has been certified organic through MOCA since 2011. The farm supports pollinator habitat by planting multitudes of flowers, practices integrated pest management by planting for beneficial insects rather than spraying pesticides, practices crop rotation and cover cropping to improve soil health, implements roof-top rainwater harvesting, and uses solar energy to provide irrigation to the fruit orchard. In 2006, three community partners, Conservation Corps North Bay, College of Marin, and UC Cooperative Extension Marin, embarked on a landmark project to establish the Indian Valley Organic Farm & Garden a 5.8 acre educational organic farm nestled against protected open space at College of Marin’s Indian Valley Campus.

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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.

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

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

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