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.

Staff

Jessica Ridgeway
Jessica RidgewayExecutive Director
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.
Lucie Ashley
Lucie AshleyDirector of Education
Lucie has over a decade of experience working with youth and families, many years of agricultural experience, as well as a background working with non-profits to meet their program and funding needs. Her career has been driven by her love of nature and teaching and a calling to serve the communities around her. Lucie holds a Masters of International Forestry with a focus on Agroforestry from the University of British Columbia.
Olivia Locatelli
Olivia LocatelliEducation Associate
Olivia recently graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 2018 with a B.A. in Sociology, before moving back home to Santa Cruz County. She has experience in youth education, particularly regarding farm/garden experiences, and helped fight food insecurity on the UCSB campus through coordinating a school community garden. Olivia is looking forward to continuing on a path of connecting our community to our food through youth engagement at Farm Discovery.
Liz Hernandez
Liz HernandezAdministrative Assistant and Event Coordinator
Hola! Soy Liz Hernandez , I was born and raised in Watsonville, CA. I recently graduated from UC Davis and earned a B.S. degree in Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems with a minor in Education. My personal experience has involved working in the strawberry fields , garden education, and research in nutrition & agriculture curriculums. Furthermore, I hope to become a school counselor and incorporate my background knowledge in agriculture. My vision is to have a garden space available for education and therapeutic use in my local high school, Pajaro Valley High.

Board of Directors

Thomas Broz
Thomas Broz
Geoff Caras
Geoff Caras
Lisa Caras
Aydé Colín
Angelina McClellan
Angelina McClellanSecretary
Brooke Sampson
Brooke SampsonTreasurer
Terry SebastianPresident
Dawne West
Dawne West