Pie Ranch cultivates a healthy and just food system from seed to table through food education, farmer training, and regional partnerships.
An integral piece of Pie Ranch’s vision is to grow
the next generation of food systems leaders
in their home communities.
While we have unique partnerships with high schools in Pescadero, Pacifica and San Francisco, we provide programming to youth all over the Bay Area and beyond. Our partner schools engage in a series of repeat field trips that build upon one another and are connected back in the classroom with lessons developed and taught by the Pie Ranch Youth Programs’ team. This model allows students to make cross-curricular connections and advances a comprehensive understanding of how the food we eat has economic, social, environmental and political implications — both individually and globally!
Additionally, several students from our partner schools participate in our seasonal, food systems internship program, HomeSlice. HomeSlice employs youth and provides skill building opportunities in sustainable agriculture, culinary arts and food justice organizing. The HomeSlice program cross-pollinates students from diverse school communities to empower them to transform the food system on the national and global level. Our youth programming seeks to build trust and respect for our food, our land and each other as youth witness the cycles of days, weeks, months, seasons, and years on the farm.
While we prioritize long-term partnerships with Bay Area high school communities, we also serve other age groups, schools and provide corporate retreats, meals and team builders as scheduling permits. We are currently booking our programming (harvesting, overnights, cooking instruction, farming and nutritional classes) days for the spring of 2017. As an alternative to programming, we offer schools and other groups a walking tour of Pie Ranch that takes learners throughout the 27 acres of the farm, discusses sustainable farming practices, the history of the land and can include (according to season) sampling from the fields. This two-hour tour can be tailored to a group’s particular needs or interests. Groups may schedule this tour for $20 per person. A beautiful site is available for a self-hosted group picnic directly after the tour for an additional $50.