Who we are

Farm Discovery at Live Earth is a nonprofit organization working in the Pajaro Valley community to empower youth and families to build and sustain healthy food, farming, social and natural systems.

Our home, Live Earth Farm, is a 150 acre patchwork of working organic farm, riparian corridor, oak and redwood forest in the Pajaro Valley of Santa Cruz County, California.

What we care about
We believe that we can transform personal and community health and improve our impact on earth by building and sustaining collaborative agricultural, ecological and social systems. We believe that communities armed with knowledge and the skills of inquiry can transform food, farming and natural systems for the better.
What we do
* Farm Discovery offers educational programs that inspire youth and families to transform their relationship to food, farming and nature.
* We steward our working farm and its wild spaces as an environmentally and economically viable piece of the food system and a learning space.
* We collaborate with community partners to learn from each other and extend our collective impact in the community.

Jessica Ridgeway
Jessica RidgewayDirector
In 2007 Jessica earned her M.S. in Environment and Natural Resources from the Rubenstein School at the University of Vermont. Her Master’s Thesis consisted of Participatory Action Research in an agricultural community in Northern Vermont. She developed, implemented and evaluated a Sustainability Curriculum and School Garden with the 6th graders of Jeffersonville Elementary School. Jessica helped Thomas and Constance Broz to found the Live Earth Farm Discovery Program in 2008.
Hayley Reitman
Hayley ReitmanEducation Program Coordinator
Hayley graduated with a degree in Environmental Studies from CSU Monterey Bay, focusing on sustainable communities in 2014. She has been working in nonprofits since 2010 with experience in environmental education, habitat restoration, community food programs and sustainable agriculture. Hayley is extremely excited to be part of Farm Discovery and to continue a career of advocating for healthy food systems in our community.
Christine Landis
Christine LandisFarm Manager & Educator
Christine moved from Maine to California in 2010 to attend the University of California Santa Cruz where she graduated with a B.A. in Environmental studies. During that time she interned at a local, organic farm where she rediscovered her passion for sustainable agriculture. She joined Farm Discovery 4 years ago as a program assistant and has grown into a skilled Farm Manager and Educator. Christine heads up our Santa Cruz Montessori and Food What?! partnerships.
Simone Albuquerque
Simone AlbuquerqueAdministrative Assistant
Simone Albuquerque recently joined the farm discovery team! She is an ecologist, writer, artist, program coordinator and educator. She comes to us from Pie Ranch, an educational farm in Pescadero, CA, where she coordinated youth and adult educational programs. Before her work at Pie Ranch, Simone studied the ecology of urban farms and gardens along the central coast.