ALBA owns and operates a farmer training facility in the heart of the Salinas Valley ‘Salad Bowl of the United States’ in Monterey County:
The Rural Development Center (RDC) is located on a 110-acre organic farm between Salinas and Chualar, and serves as ALBA headquarters, with recent additions including a resource center and classroom, maintenance workshop and produce cooler and distribution facility. The farm is home to the Farmer Education and Enterprise Development (FEED) program where aspiring and beginning farmers learn about organic farming, business planning and marketing. Typically, more than 30 farmers cultivate organic strawberries and an array of vegetable crops at the RDC. During their tenure here, we help the farmers establish and transition their small farm businesses to other locations.
The Rural Development Center is located at 1700 Old Stage Road, Salinas, CA 93908
This view of the farm looks north toward Salinas. The farm borders are easily identified by the vegetation (hedgerows) not found on neighboring properties. The farm’s numerous native plant hedgerows and diverse organic vegetables present a stark contrast to the other fields. At the center of the photo is the ALBA headquarters and historic barn, with the Demonstration Plot and machine shop to the right.