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ALBA owns and operates two training and education farms in rural Monterey County:
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The Rural Development Center (RDC)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 Road.

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 building.

If traveling from the south on Hwy 101, proceed three miles north of Chualar and turn right on Potter Road. Follow directions above.

The Farm Training and Research CenterThe 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.

TRIPLE M RANCH DIRECTIONS – Our address is 420 Hall Road 95076. Google maps directs you to the mailbox on Hall Road, but our office is located away from the road. So, follow these directions….

From Highway 1:
Take Highway 1 Salinas road exit and head East , (from the North go over the highway)
Pass the Pajaro Valley Golf Course.
Right after the golf course, veer to the right onto Werner Road.
At the stop sign turn right onto Hall Road.
Pass the firestation, and Las Lomas Market. Our turn off is Sill Road. It is the first street you can take a right on after the market (maybe ¼ mile down the road) and directly across from Hall Elementary School. Also look for a large sign that says Las Lomas Rancho. Turn right on Sill Road (dirt road) pass over a new installed box culvert bridge and follow the road to the left. It will end at a T-intersection at a white barn. Turn right on the drive way up a hill that ends at a green farm house. This is ALBA’s office at its Triple M Ranch.

From Salinas:

1. Highway 101

2. Exit San Miguel Canyon Road

3. Go through the canyon to the stoplight at Hall Road

4. Left onto Hall Road

5. Pass Johnson Road

6. Pass Pini Road

7. The first right after Johnson is Sill Road turn off, directly across from Hall Elementary School. Look for a large sign that says Las Lomas Rancho with a lot of farm animals on it.

8. Turn left on Sill Road (dirt road) pass over a new installed box culvert bridge and follow the road to the left. It will end at a T-intersection at a white barn. Turn right on the drive way up a hill that ends at a green farm house. This is ALBA’s office at its Triple M Ranch.

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 Lighthawk 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 Elkhorn Slough.