ALBA owns and operates two training
and education farms in rural Monterey County:
For event reservations:
Reservation Request Form
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 Salinas
farm is home to the Small Farm Education Program where beginning
farmers learn about organic farming, business planning and
marketing. Typically, more than 16 farmers cultivate more
than 50 different 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
ALBA/Rural Development Center DIRECTIONS – From southbound
Highway 101 just south of Salinas, turn left (east) on Potter
At the "T" intersection of Old Stage Rd, turn right (south)
and proceed 7/10 mile to our driveway on the right at 1700 Old
Stage Road. Turn into the driveway and proceed nearly one mile,
take the curve to the right, and proceed to the office/classroom
If traveling from the south on Hwy 101, proceed three miles
north of Chualar and turn right on Potter Road. Follow
The Farm Training and Research Center,
also known as the Triple M Ranch, is located in northern Monterey
County. This 195-acre farm (60 acres of which can be cultivated
due to a natural lands easement) demonstrates soil, water
and habitat conservation in the environmentally sensitive
Elkhorn Slough watershed. The farm hosts many workshops and
field days every year. Local Latino farmers lease land here
in order to learn new strategies that can be adapted elsewhere–sometimes
on leased land that they manage elsewhere. By creating more
diverse market options, ALBA is opening new opportunities
for farmers in northern Monterey County, where more than half
speak Spanish as their first language.
In order to get a map to the Farm Training and Research
Center, located at 420 Hall Road, Las Lomas 95076
TRIPLE M RANCH DIRECTIONS – The dry-season driveway is south of
the Sill Road intersection, at 420 Hall Road just east of Las
Lomas. Drive carefully through the low area and veer left at the
"Y." Proceed about 6/10ths of a mile to the ALBA office, which
is in the green farmhouse located up a short driveway to the
From Highway 1 (all-weather):
- Turn onto Salinas Rd. (intersection is 3 miles south of
Watsonville, 4.5 miles north of Moss Landing)
- Veer Right on Werner Rd.
- Turn Right on Elkhorn Rd (stay left and it becomes Hall Rd)
- Go through Las Lomas and proceed 1.3 miles to Johnson Road.
- Turn onto Johnson Rd.
- Turn Right onto McGinnis
- Turn Right onto Live Oak and proceed 600 feet to a curve.
- Where Live Oak curves to the left, proceed forward, stay
right, and enter the dirt driveway. Note the sign for Triple M
- Continue forward, through trees and past the horse ranch, to
the green ALBA farmhouse office.
From Highway 101 southbound:
- Turn onto San Juan Road (at the Red Barn, 3.2 miles south of
the exit for Hwy 156 East)
- Proceed almost 2 miles and turn left onto Tarpey Road.
- Proceed forward on Tarpey (it become Hall Road) for 2.3 miles
to Johnson Road.
- Follows directions above starting at Step 5 (above)
From Highway 101 northbound:
- Just north of the Hwy 156 West exit, take the San Miguel
Canyon Road exit.
- Proceed 4.5 miles to stoplights at the intersection with Hall
- Turn left onto Hall Road and proceed 0.7 mile to Jonson Road
- Follow directions starting at Step 5 (above)
Lighthawk Images of ALBA’s Farms. The following links
lead to large photos of the Rural Development Center and Triple
M Ranch. These photos were taken by
as a project to inform the Environmental Grantmakers Association
about the importance of Marine Protected Areas and the
connection among land and ocean in our region of the Monterey
Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Lighthawk conducted this work in
partnership with the Ecological Farming Association, Wild Farm
Alliance and Community Alliance with Family Farmers.
Rural Development Center (4.92 MB jpg file) – 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
Garden and machine shop to the right.
Triple M Ranch (4.85 MB jpg file) – This view looks west,
with Hall Road in the center of the image, and the Elkhorn
Slough and Monterey Bay in the background. The Triple M Ranch is
to the left of Hall Road, easily identified by the diverse
fields that contrast with properties on the right. The Carneros
Creek riparian corridor, located between Hall Road and the ALBA
farmers’ fields, is the primary freshwater tributary to the
Elkhorn Slough. The creek will be the site of a major wetlands
restoration organized by ALBA to improve water quality in the