Farmers Elizabeth and Paul Kaiser have operated Singing Frogs Farm in Sebastopol, California since 2007 as a regenerative, intensive, ecological no-till vegetable and flower farm. With a background in tropical agroforestry, natural resources management and public health in the Sahel of West Africa, Central America and Northern California, they had fresh insights into farming and as such developed Singing Frogs Farm’s innovative model. Paul and Elizabeth live on, and are raising their family on, Singing Frogs Farm. They work with the Farm Crew to feed their community while making Singing Frogs Farm more ecologically diverse, robust and resilient. Elizabeth and Paul focus much of their energy on outreach, teaching and advocacy for small-scale, regenerative farming via their own farm tours, workshops and consulting, as well as speaking engagements around the world and acting on the boards of several local, state and international agricultural non-profits.
Berkeley Food Institute is delighted to welcome 21 students to Singing Frogs Farm and Earthseed Permaculture Center and Farm in Sonoma County, CA on March 11, 2022. We are excited to offer an experiential learning opportunity in rural organic production farming and bring back what we learn to Berkeley.
Apply to join the Sonoma County Farm Tour today! Application will close on Wednesday, March 2, 2022 (6 pm PST). We will then send out confirmations on Friday, March 4 with more information about next steps for your participation in the tour.
Meet the Farmers:
Elizabeth and Paul Kaiser, Singing Frogs Farm
Pandora Thomas, Earthseed Permaculture Center and Farm
Pandora Thomas is a passionate global citizen who works as a caregiver for her mother and globally as a teacher, writer, designer, and speaker with over 25 years of experience. Pandora’s work emphasizes the benefits of applying ecological principles to social design. She is currently a designer, teacher, and facilitator at several permaculture and ecological design schools and programs. Black-led and operated, the EARTHseed Permaculture Center and Farm serves as a working farm and retreat/educational center to allow respite and earth centered relaxation for our beloved Black Community while also reconnecting communities to Afro-Indigenous principles and practices for living in our world today.
Timothy Bowles, BFI Co-Associate Faculty Director
Timothy Bowles is an Assistant Professor of Agroecology and Sustainable Agricultural Systems in the UC Berkeley Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management. His research focuses on how increasing reliance on biodiversity can create productive, healthy and resilient agricultural systems, drawing on agroecology, soil ecology, and biogeochemistry. Among other projects, he co-leads a NSF-funded research project called “The Influence of Conflicting Policies and Supply-Chain Pressures on Farmers’ Decisions and Tradeoffs with Respect to Biodiversity, Profitability, and Sustainability.”
– The tour will take place on Friday March 11, 2022
– We will meet at UC Berkeley West Crescent at 6:45 AM and depart by 7 AM on a charter bus and will return by 6PM to the campus.
– A vegan lunch and beverages will be provided
– Any matriculated UC Berkeley undergraduate or graduate student
– Fully vaccinated and boosted per UHS policy: https://uhs.berkeley.edu/requirements/covid19
– Willingness to offer light manual labor within your abilities and an open mind to learn during the tour
– Preference will be given to those that have not visited a working farm before
– Preference will be given to those enrolled in the Food Systems Minor or Graduate Certificate in Food Systems
What’s expected on your end:
– Prompt arrival at 6:45 AM on March 11 at West Crescent Circle on the UC Berkeley campus
– As we want to offer labor to the farmers, you may be asked to assist in mulching, weeding, etc. Please let us know in the application if you need any accommodations so you can best participate in such activities.
Some of the sites we visit will have uneven, unpaved ground. If you will require accommodation to fully participate in the event, please note that in your application.
Please email Nathalie (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any other questions or concerns.
We will follow the latest public health guidelines and campus policies to ensure that this event is as safe as possible. As these guidelines change frequently, we will email event registrants 24 hours prior to the event with an update.