Grow a Farmer


Photo by Jered Lawson

Gabriella Café in Santa Cruz and Pie Ranch (a partner with Mission Pie here in SF) are teaming up for this special ~GROW A FARMER FUNDRAISING DINNER~ at Pie Ranch, located near Año Nuevo State Reserve.

Grow a Farmer is a six-month UC Santa Cruz Apprenticeship program that teaches about organic farming. For more than 40 years, more than 1,200 apprentices have been trained in the organic fields, orchards, and greenhouses at UCSC.

The evening will feature a five-course meal prepared by Brad Briske (executive chef of Gabriella Café) using organic, seasonal produce, much of it from local farms started by graduates of the Apprenticeship program, with dairy donated by Straus Family Creamery. The dinner will be followed by a silent auction, music, raffle, and talks from past apprentices.

If you've priced farm dinners lately, you'll notice this one is a total steal. And it goes to a great cause: proceeds from the benefit will help fund the creation of permanent on-site housing to replace the practice of apprentices living in tents during the six-month, full-time training program.

For more information, contact dinner organizer Joseph Sloggy at jsloggy [at] gmail [dot] com.

Grow a Farmer
June 7th, 2009

Pie Ranch
Pescadero, CA

$75
$85 (including wine)

(limited number of volunteer tickets available)

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