May 23, 2022

Farm Discovery’s Fall Feast is Back! “Mesa”

Fall Feast in the Fields Sept. 24 at Live Earth Farm

Time to Shine a Farm to Table, Wine Pairing event benefiting Farm Discovery at Live Earth

On September 24th, Farm Discovery at Live Earth will host “Mesa” the annual benefit dinner at Live Earth Farm supporting Farm Discovery’s empowering programs for kids and families’ health in our foodshed. Chef Jessica Yarr is developing a hearty, plant forward multi-course meal. Each unique course will feature fresh, local organic produce and other artisan ingredients. This magical evening includes craft cocktails, wine, beer, live music, and silent and live auctions including from resorts, hotels, artisans, and businesses from Big Sur to Shelter Cove

Watsonville, CA, June 1, 2022– “Mesa” – a gathering around the table to celebrate our collective resilience and unity, will be held at Live Earth Farm on September 24th, 2022, as Farm Discovery’s 13th annual farm dinner, featuring local chefs, farmers, artisans, and winemakers celebrating the dazzling abundance of fruit and vegetables grown in the Santa Cruz area. The afternoon will begin with appetizers, craft cocktails, beer, wine, live music, and a silent auction.

After the wine pairing dinner prepared by Chef Jessica Yarr, the event will culminate with a short live auction followed by dessert overlooking the Pajaro Valley. Our auction will feature relaxing getaways and adventures you can embark on from Shelter Cove to Tahoe, San Francisco and Big Sur! Have you been meaning to explore boat charters in the Monterey Bay, soak in the history and Foodie Delights of Carmel, venture up the coast for a barn-dance at Pie Ranch, hit up the mountain fun in Tahoe? Our auction offers these delightful trips, and you will be supporting Farm Discovery at Live Earth’s on-farm education programs, fresh organic produce distribution to meal programs and food pantries like Pajaro Valley Loaves and Fishes and field trips for local youth!

In 2021, Farm Discovery stepped up in partnership with the community to deliver 70,000 pounds of gleaned produce from Live Earth Farm to farmworker families, seniors, veterans, foster youth and neighbors experiencing food insecurity and provided on-farm learning support for students and families struggling with distance learning. In 2022 they are getting back to on-farm, hands-on experiences, empowering over 3,000 youth to harvest and taste farm fresh foods, while learning organic farming skills, nutrition, ecology, and grade-level science concepts.

Through Farm Discovery’s programs, local youth are engaged and inspired to be informed stewards of their own health, their community, and their environment. Farm Discovery at Live Earth aims to raise $80,000 through “Mesa” the September 24th fall fundraising event, to support farm visits, transportation costs and garden & kitchen supplies for the over 3000 students who will visit Live Earth Farm during the 2022-2023 year.

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Farm Discovery at Live Earth is a farm-based education not for profit organization in Watsonville, California. We empower youth and families to build and sustain healthy food, farming, social and natural systems. By developing environmental literacy, teaching farming skills, and transforming food habits that support personal, community and environmental health we encourage students to build a relationship with food that is healthy for people, the environment, and the economy. A special emphasis is placed on reaching underserved people in the Pajaro Valley to bolster individual, community, and environmental health.