La lechuga romana orgánica crece en una de las muchas granjas incubadoras que es parte del programa ALBA en Salinas, CA.
Los orígenes de ALBA se remontan a 1972, cuando la propiedad fue comprada a la familia Bardin, utilizando fondos de la «Guerra contra la pobreza» del presidente Johnson. Aunque la propiedad cambió de manos en sus primeros 30 años, siempre se utilizó para crear oportunidades económicas para los agricultores de bajos recursos. En la década de 1970, la propiedad se utilizó para iniciar una cooperativa de fresas propiedad de trabajadores agrícolas. Los desafíos de la administración llevaron a un cambio de formato y liderazgo en la década de 1980, capacitando a los trabajadores agrícolas en el campo para ayudarlos en la transición a la propiedad agrícola. Poco después de la aprobación de la Ley de producción de alimentos orgánicos en 1990, ALBA obtuvo su propia certificación orgánica. Basándose en la experiencia de sus predecesores, ALBA se estableció finalmente en 2001. Desde entonces, ALBA ha brindado desarrollo intensivo de habilidades en la granja a más de 600 agricultores, de los cuales más de 200 iniciaron una granja en nuestro terreno y casi 100 se dedicaron a la agricultura de manera independiente al salir de ALBA. Cientos más han aprovechado estas nuevas habilidades para obtener un mejor empleo.
ALBA is located 10 miles south of downtown Salinas, in the heart of the valley, known as the “Salad Bowl to the World”. The farm is off the old stagecoach route, a mile down a dirt road with the Santa Lucia mountains looming in the distance. You’ll know you’ve arrived when the huge neighboring mono-crop fields tended by a farm manager on large machinery, give way to small, tree-lined plots managed by families cultivating an abundant array of berries, vegetables and herbs. On our 100-acre farm, ALBA hosts up to 40 start-up farms, most of which are owned by Mexican immigrant families. Ranging from as little as a quarter acre up to 5 acres, they all share a single irrigation well , farm equipment and produce wash station. ALBA’s hay-bale office and training center sits in the middle of the property with an equipment shed, farmhouse and the remains of an old barn nearby. Even though space is tight and moods get tense, hope for a better life through hard work and a love of farming triumphs all.
TEST He left that position in mid 2011, and now acts as a consultant to non-profit community organizations. He is a long-time resident of Salinas. His career reflects forty-five years of experience in the fields of non-profit housing, economic, and community development. In 2005, the National NeighborWorks Network’s recognized Mr. Moncrief as its “Practitioner of the Year”. Among his other accomplishments, he was the founding President and Executive Director of Community Housing Improvement Systems and Planning Association, Inc. CHISPA is a public benefit housing and community development corporation operating in Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties. During his 15-year tenure with that organization, he obtained over one hundred eighty million dollars in construction and take-out financing to develop nearly one thousand units of low- and moderate-income housing.
Edward Moncrief Presidente
Dan Beck is an accomplished artist and musician, as well as the proprietor of Outhouse Studios in Salinas. He has been creating art as long as he can remember. Up until fairly recently he worked full time in the organic produce industry, yet continued to create and sell art work during this time. Dan was born in Indianapolis, IN. He is a graduate of Swarthmore College with a BA in Philosophy. His formal art education includes – Oil Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Lithography, and Art History. As an Organic Produce Industry Veteran, Dan has much knowledge and passion to contribute to ALBA. Dan joined the ALBA Board of Directors in March 2011.
Dan Beck Vice Presidente
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Vince Fata Tesorero
Horacio has lived in the Salinas Valley since 1974. He is the general manager of the San Jerardo Housing Cooperative in rural Salinas, where he provides business leadership and services to its members. Previously he was production manager at Amezquita Farms, where he was in charge of 100 acres of strawberry and vegetable production in the Salinas Valley. His work history includes leadership in various farming and marketing cooperatives, including his family’s involvement in programs at the Rural Development Center starting in the mid-1970s. Horacio has associate degrees in agricultural business and art from Hartnell College, and is completing a bachelors degree in Agricultural Business Management at CSU Monterey Bay. In 2006, he received the Carla Bard Award for Water Advocacy from Public Officials for Water & Environmental Reform for clean water activism on behalf of disadvantaged communities. Horacio provides vital Salinas Valley production experience to help guide ALBA’s work on behalf of aspiring and beginning farmers.
Secretario Horacio Amezquita
Dr. Chris Hasegawa first arrived at California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB) just before the doors opened in 1995. He was hired as one of 18 founding faculty members. Moving through a succession of administrative roles, in Fall, 2008, Hasegawa was named Dean of Extended Education and International Programs.
Dr. Chris Hasegawa
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Cary is a real estate investor who lives in Carmel Valley, California. He was a founding partner of Hawthorn Realty Group in Chicago, a firm active in the ownership and development of industrial parks, shopping centers and office buildings. In 1985 he co-founded Huron Partners and Coastal Hotel Group, Inc., companies focused on the development and management of boutique resorts throughout the United States. Among the Huron/Coastal portfolios were the Highlands Inn, Carmel, California, The Hotel Jerome in Aspen, Colorado and the Cheeca Lodge in the Florida Keys.
He has previously served as President of the Board of Directors of the Lincoln Park, Chicago, Boy Scouts of America and as President of the Chicago Chapter of the Yale University Alumni Schools Committee. He has also been a member of the Yale University Development Board. Since moving to California in 1999 he has served on the boards of the International School of Monterey, California Coastal Rural Development Corporation and Neighborhood Housing Services of Silicon Valley.
Javier Zamora joined ALBA’s board in 2014 shortly after giving a rousing speech at our annual graduation ceremony. Javier, himself, completed our Farmer Education Course in 2012, launching JSM Organics on ALBA land in 2013. Starting on less than 2 acres of land while still studying at Cabrillo College, he is now farming 25-acres.
Personal de ALBA
Patricia regresó a ALBA en febrero de 2017. Tiene más de 15 años de experiencia trabajando en el sector sin fines de lucro y ha estado sirviendo a agricultores principiantes y de recursos limitados en ALBA durante la mayor parte de su carrera. Como hija de trabajadores agrícolas inmigrantes y residente vitalicia de East Salinas, Patricia tiene un profundo respeto por las comunidades de color y el trabajo duro de los trabajadores agrícolas. Se enorgullece de liderar ALBA como su Directora Ejecutiva y de tener la oportunidad de ayudar a los miembros de su comunidad a lograr su sueño de ser propietarios de una granja. Patricia es miembro de CA BIPOC Farmer / Land Steward Relief Fund Collaborative, CA Farmer Justice Collaborative, y es miembro de la Comisión Asesora del Presidente de UC sobre Agricultura y Recursos Naturales. Tiene una licenciatura en Administración de Empresas de la Universidad Estatal de San José, con especialización en Administración de Empresas.
Patricia Carrillo Directora Ejecutiva
Nathan runs ALBA’s Farmer Education Course, supports farmers in their early years in the Organic Farm Incubator, and manages a number of educational and research projects. He came to ALBA in March 2010 from San Luis Obispo, where he worked in various capacities (student farm manager, harvest leader, farmers marketeer, and much more!) at the Cal Poly Organic Farm, a student enterprise that provided a 300-member year round “Community Supported Agriculture” vegetable box subscription service. While there he also earned an M.S. in Agriculture, emphasis Crop Science. Nathan fondly remembers his start in organic agriculture on a 5-acre biodynamic farm in rural Scotland that grew mixed vegetables and pastured laying hens
Program Director Nathan Harkleroad
Christopher Brown started at ALBA in March 2012 and is a native of Berkeley, California. He studied economics at University of California Berkeley and spent five years in the finance and investment field before entering UCLA’s Anderson School of Management to earn his MBA. Upon graduation, Chris pursued opportunities in the international non-profit field, taking an assignment was as a small-business consultant in Ukraine. This led to a project management role in Kiev, followed by others in Romania, Georgia and Montenegro over the course of a decade.
Director de desarrollo Christopher Brown
Juan has been working at ALBA since the summer of 2008. He is originally from Jalisco, Mexico and has lived in the Salinas area since 1986. With more than 20 years of mechanical experience, he is in charge of the maintenance of the ALBA’s training site, including the farm equipment. Prior to ALBA, Juan worked for ten years on two farms in Watsonville, California, where he learned and gained experience in farm irrigation systems, repair of farm equipment and general farm management. Juan enjoys helping the ALBA farmers and seeing the organic crops grow. . . and of course tasting them.
Gerente de la granja Juan Garcia
Patty joined ALBA as a bookkeeper in September of 2004, and later moved on to manage all administrative activities at ALBA. Currently, she maintains the financial records and tracking of all grant activities and expenses. She moved to the California coast in 1974 and developed an interest in organic farming issues as an avid backyard gardener while earning a B.A. in Economics at the University of California Santa Cruz. Patty served at the Santa Cruz Live Oak Grange as Garden Manager, where she oversaw a 1/2 acre demonstration garden, and Treasurer. She is currently the Treasurer at the Springfield Grange in Las Lomas.
Directora financiera interina Patty Howe
Manuel joined ALBA in November 2019 as the Production and Marketing Advisor where he works as the Grower Liaison between incubator farmers and potential buyers. He helps farmers create crop plans that follow organic practices like crop rotation and interplanting insectary plants on crops to help with the biological control in the field. Manuel is the “boots on the ground” here at ALBA and helps farmers identify any potential pests and/or diseases. Along with the support of the RCDMC, he also helps farmers manage their irrigation efficiency using various tools like tensiometers and online resources like crop manage. Prior to attending Cal Poly SLO where he graduated with bachelor’s in science in Agricultural Systems Management, Manny also attended Hartnell where he became a small business owner thanks to the PEPA program where he farmed at ALBA for 2 years.
Manuel Cervantes Marketing Advisor
Antonio joined ALBA as the Food Safety Assistant in February of 2019. Before coming to ALBA, he worked with a local farmer as a HR/Safety/Food Safety Assistant. Antonio obtained an AA degree in 2010 in Business Management from Heald College with an emphasis in Accounting. Antonio began training on food safety in 2015 and is nearing completion of his Food Safety Certificate at Hartnell College. He believes food safety comes first in agriculture–everyone deserves safe food to eat. He is excited to be part of ALBA. Seeing small organic growers grow, he believes organic is the way to go!
Gerente de cumplimiento Antonio Acosta
Salvador Avalos joined the ALBA staff as Food Safety Assistant in Spring 2020. He gained an internship at ALBA through its workforce development partnership with Hartnell College. Salvador obtained his Associates of Science in Agriculture Business and began to take food safety classes right after to expand his knowledge within agriculture. In his role, he helps maintain good agricultural practices within the ranch as well as making sure that important food safety documents are up-to-date with regulations and standards within the industry. Salvador’s willingness to learn along with his experience have made him a dynamic team member that can adhere and overcome any obstacle that is put in front of him and his colleagues.
Asistente de inocuidad alimentaria Salvador Avalos
Andrea started at ALBA in 2019 as a summer intern and joined the staff in 2020, shortly after graduating from University of California Davis with a Bachelor’s of Science in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems. She now works as ALBA’s Special Project Coordinator and assists in conducting the Farmer Education Course, with educational and research projects, as well as serving as a grower liaison for the farmers. Growing up in a predominantly agricultural region, Andrea fell in love with all aspects of agriculture at a young age. This led her to pursue a career where she could strive and advocate for an equal, healthier, and accessible future for all. During her undergrad experience, she worked in various projects in plant nutrition, animal production systems, and special crop production practices that mitigate negative impacts while producing environmental and social benefits.
Andrea Tinajero Special Projects Coordinator
Jesus joined the ALBA team in May 2019 as the Farm Management Assistant. Previously, he worked as an irrigator; he installed, maintained and trouble shot both sprinkler and drip tape irrigation systems. He was also a tractor driver. At ALBA, he provides technical assistance to the first-year incubator farmers teaching them how to use tractors, implements and irrigation tools properly and safely. Jesus helps to ensure that tractors are in working conditions by lubricating the equipment and adding water and diesel when needed. He also helps to maintain the ALBA ranch and shop, keeps the hedgerows clean from weeds, prunes shrubs, and straightens the roads on the farm.
Asistente de gerente de la granja Jesus Esqueda
Las granjas a pequeña escala, cuyos propietarios son inmigrantes, pasan desapercibidas en gran medida en la agroindustria del Valle de Salinas, impulsada por productores a escala industrial que distribuyen productos a nivel nacional y exportan a los mercados globales. En respuesta, ALBA ha desarrollado relaciones con socios selectos del sector privado y sin fines de lucro que se especializan en servir a este grupo demográfico. Our longstanding partners provide ongoing business support through education, lending, marketing, land matching and other business development services. Cuando completan el programa ALBA de 5 años, los agricultores tienen una sólida red de contactos comerciales y proveedores de servicios para llevarlos a la propiedad de granja independiente.
Farm Business Service Partners
California FarmLink provides operating and equipment loans to our start-ups farmers to help them get started and expand. They also find appropriate land parcels as they transition from ALBA and have begun to provide mortgage lending for purchases.
Coke Farm distribuye gran parte de los productos de nuestras granjas de nueva creación, proporcionando un canal de ventas estable para quienes recién comienzan.
Kitchen Table Advisors trabaja con los agricultores en la gestión y la estrategia comerciales, ayudándolos a gestionar la transición al salir de la incubadora y a alcanzar sus objetivos comerciales.
Monterey County Resource Conservation District provides on-farm technical assistance to farmers in soil management and irrigation.
ALBA recibe apoyo financiero de agencias gubernamentales estatales y federales, el sector privado y un número creciente de fundaciones locales, regionales y nacionales, que financian iniciativas para lograr un sistema alimentario más justo y sustentable. Haga clic en los logotipos a continuación para obtener más información sobre el trabajo de nuestros donadores.