IMG_0758Beginning November 1st, the Live Earth Farm Discovery Program will receive a 20% match from the Monterey Peninsula Foundation for 100% of donations made through the Birdies for Charity program. All of the money raised will pay for transportation and field trip fees for 600 local, under served students to learn to eat and live well through hands-on activities in the organic fields of Live Earth Farm during the spring tour season. When LEFDP raises at least $1,000 from 15 different donors by December 31st, we will qualify to earn up to $50,000 more through the Chevron Shoot-Out Qualifier. Additionally, if LEFDP raises the most money during the month of February, we will receive $1,000 in “Bonus Bucks” through the program

From Friday, November 1st, 2013 through Friday February 28th, 2014. The Live Earth Farm Discovery Program invites the community to make their contributions go 20% further. From April through June of 2014, LEFDP will teach 600 kids how to make and grow healthy food choices. Every penny raised through the Birdies for Charity program will afford more students the chance to plant a seed, make a healthy, seasonal snack, and enjoy a morning learning in the organic fields of Live Earth Farm.

DSC_0138Martin is a 3rd grader at Ann Soldo Elementary student who visited Live Earth Farm in the fall of 2013. During the opening circle he asked, “How do you make an apple?” When Martin left the farm that afternoon he had learned the life cycle of an apple, picked one, ate it and learned why it was a healthy snack choice; he made cider and completed the cycle by feeding the leftover mash to the chickens.  Through these activities Martin not only learned that apples grow on a trees, he learned basic nutrition, and how he and his food choices affect his social and ecological communities.

Through LEFDP’s farm-based nutrition programs local, under served youth build confidence in learning to be active caretakers of themselves, their community and their environment.  This is why the Live Earth Farm Discovery Program hosts 20 farm field trips each spring for local youth.

The LEF Discovery Program aims to raise $5000 by the end of the year. With the Birdies for Charity 20% match, this will become $6000 for local nutrition and organic farming education programs for the children of the Pajaro Valley, who suffer disproportionately from childhood obesity, malnutrition, and diabetes.

IMG_6800Birdies for Charity, a program coordinated by the Monterey Peninsula Foundation, is a unique way for nonprofits to raise more funds through the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am golf tournament. Since the program began in 2007, Birdies for Charity has helped Northern California charities raise over $2.2 million. The program runs in conjunction with the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, which takes place February 3-9, 2014. Donations to LEFDP can be made through February 28, 2014 at: