Jacobs Farm / Del Cabo's FARMFEST: A Celebration of Local and Organic Farming

Veteran Organic Farmers To Host Free Event Connecting Public With Local Agriculture

May 14, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Marina Pace
Phone: (650) 879-2330

PESCADERO, CA – Organic herb and vegetable grower Jacobs Farm / Del Cabo will host FARMFEST, a free celebration of the coast’s rich agricultural heritage and diversity. On Saturday, May 26, from 12-5 pm, FARMFEST will take place at Jacobs Farm / Del Cabo’s new venture FARMSTAND, in Pescadero. During this fun, informative afternoon, visitors can learn of the area’s agricultural history and future, while connecting directly with members of the local farming community. 

Located in the historic Level Lea barn at 1743 Pescadero Creek Road and surrounded by bucolic farmland, FARMFEST kicks off at noon with hands-on activities and a chance to enjoy fresh organic strawberries, locally roasted coffee and more from local purveyors. Kids and adults can get up close and personal with pasture raised chickens from a local egg farmer, pot up organic herb starts to take home and enter a contest to win a canvas tote full of organic goods produced by Jacobs Farm / Del Cabo. A wide selection of organic farm-fresh produce will be available for purchase from FARMSTAND. Talks by local farmers and food producers will span the afternoon, highlighting innovative projects and diverse agriculture in the region. 

FARMFEST CALENDAR
Saturday, May 26, 12-5 pm
12:00 pm: History of Farming in San Mateo CountyLarry Jacobs and Sandra Belin, organic pioneers and Jacobs Farm / Del Cabo founders
1:00 pm:  Beyond Organic: Organic Farming and Agroecology Brendan Miele, Director of California Farming Operations for Jacobs Farm / Del Cabo
1:30 pm: A Local, Organic, Diversified Farming Model Teresa Kurtak, co-founder, Fifth Crow Farm
2:00 pm: Organic Coffee Production: It's All About the Birds and The Beans Local roaster Patti Spooner of Davenport’s Alta Organic Coffee and Tea
2:30 pm: There’s Still Gold in Them Hills Celine Cohen of Farm Fuel on innovative biodiesel fuel and agricultural products from local mustard
3:00 pm: The Real Buzz on Coastal Beekeeping Catherine Fraley of Coastal Bee
3:30 pm: Pasture Raised Chickens and Eggs Andie Nichols of Wildland Farms, joined by a few of her fine-feathered friends   

About FARMSTAND
FARMSTAND showcases organic, and local farms and food producers in Pescadero and neighboring communities. The market also shares information on other local food producers, including grass-fed beef and pasture-raised poultry farmers. Visitors can gather helpful tips on preparation, nutritional facts and recipes for weekly offerings. Located in a historic 150 year old barn at 1743 Pescadero Creek Road,  FARMSTAND is owned and operated by Jacobs Farm/Del Cabo, a certified organic herb and specialty produce grower based in Pescadero, CA. FARMSTAND is open Friday – Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm and on Monday holidays, throughout the summer and fall. Check our Facebook page for updates. http://www.facebook.com/JacobsFarmDelCabo. 

About Jacobs Farm/Del Cabo
Jacobs Farm / Del Cabo is recognized nationally for pioneering organic growing practices and for its unique business model focused on social and environmental responsibility. Founded in 1980, Jacobs Farm has long been recognized for the consistently high quality of its organic herbs and edible flowers. In 1985, guided by a social mission to alleviate poverty in rural farming communities, founders Larry Jacobs and Sandra Belin created Del Cabo. The formation of this cooperative, now nearly 500 small-scale family farms in Baja, California, has significantly improved the lives of thousands as well as the communities in which they live, while providing organic specialty vegetables and fruit to U.S. markets.

Jacobs Farm / Del Cabo has received numerous awards and recognition, including the Organic Trade Association’s prestigious 2007 Organic Farming Leadership Award and the 2005 Sustainability Award from the County of San Mateo. Jacobs Farm has ten farm sites in Northern California and combines its production with that of the Del Cabo cooperative for year-round availability of high quality fresh herbs, specialty tomatoes, vegetables and fruits. For more information, please visit www.jacobsfarm.com and www.delcabo.com.

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