The Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association (ALBA) provides educational and business opportunities for farm workers and aspiring farmers to grow and sell crops grown on two organic farms in Monterey County, California.

Our mission is to advance economic viability, social equity and ecological land management among limited-resource and aspiring farmers. We work to create opportunities for family farms while providing education and demonstration on conservation, habitat restoration, marketing and whole farm planning.

Congratulations to the new organic farmers who graduated last November 1st from our Farmer Education Program!!

Congratulations to the new organic farmers who graduated last November 1st from our Farmer Education Program!!

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Click here to read a description of the Farmer Education Program   Haga click aquí para leer la descripción del Programa Educativo para Agricultores PEPA

Incentivizing Healthy Food Purchases at Tri-County Farmers Markets


The 2014 Market Match season is officially underway at 10 local farmers markets in the Tri-County Area. Market Match offers farmers market customers an extra $5 when they spend $10 for the purchase of fresh fruits and vegetables with their CalFresh (EBT or food stamp) cards. For the past 5-years ALBA has been a member of the CMMC and acted as a third-party manager for the Market Match Program for participating farmers markets along the Central Coast. Ten farmers markets in Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Benito Counties will be offering CalFresh EBT to customers Market Match incentive money to increase their purchasing power of CA grown fresh fruits and vegetables

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Pictures from last Spring Visit by 4ht & 5th grade students from Tiburcio Vasquez Elementary School. Two hundred students learned first-hand the role organic farming plays in protecting the health of farmers, the soil, water and the consumers. These visits are part of ALBA’s Environmental Education Program that benefits students from Alisal Union School District. As part of the program students visit our farm and for four hours they go over four different stations to listen, learn and put their hands on activities that emphasize the main aspects of organic farming. The curriculum of the program has been implemented for the last four year. Next fall, ALBA will continue hosting these visits.


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ALBA created this bilingual Food Safety Compliance Guide to help farmers prepare themselves for a food safety audit. The guide explains step by step all in terms of required written policies, records and where to find technical assistance.
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