Blog

A Good Life

A Good Life

100 Years of Family Farming  “It’s been a good life,” Pete says softly with a wistful smile.  He and his wife of 63 years, Kathy, are seated at their oak kitchen table, where they still welcome friends every Friday evening.  At 89, Pete’s voice is sometimes so soft...

read more
Meet Walnut Farmer Mike Machado

Meet Walnut Farmer Mike Machado

Meet Walnut Farmer Mike Machado This month we are happy to introduce you to our friend Mike Machado, a local farmer dedicated to service. Mr. Machado  served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War, then earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Stanford...

read more
Red, White and Blueberry S’mores

Red, White and Blueberry S’mores

Ingredients: 8 graham cracker squares 1/4 cup marshmallow creme 1/3 cup strawberries, sliced or diced 20 blueberries 2 tbsp California walnuts, chopped 1 1/2 tbsp white chocolate, chopped or grated Instructions: Take four graham cracker squares and spread 1 tbsp...

read more
Raley’s Field Trips on the Farm – Ms. Land

Raley’s Field Trips on the Farm – Ms. Land

What a perfect May day for a field trip at First Generation Farmers! Ms. Land’s 4th grade class from Garin Elementary School had a great time learning about making a compost pile, chickens, goats and how to plant their own seeds! From there, they went to...

read more
Raley’s Field Trips on the Farm – Ms. Ostlund

Raley’s Field Trips on the Farm – Ms. Ostlund

It was a rainy day out at First Generation Farmers earlier this May. Ms. Ostlund’s 4th grade class from First Generation Farmers got their hands dirty learning how to compost, feed chickens and ducks, play with goats and plant their own seed to take home! From...

read more
Donor Advised Funds

Donor Advised Funds

Practical and Convenient Giving Would you like to be more strategic about when you make donations to CFT? Are you trying to donate enough to get a tax break, but not quite feeling ready?  A donor advised fund (DAF) may be the answer.  While the name sounds...

read more
Tanner Farm

Tanner Farm

The Tanner Farm is located in scenic Merced County next to Kruppa Farm, Kruppa Reed Farm and Slater Trust Farm. The Tanner property is currently home to beautiful almond orchards.  This property was permanently protected by an agricultural conservation easement in...

read more
Slater Trust Farm

Slater Trust Farm

The Slater Trust Farm is located in Merced County in Ballico. The property is currently set up for row crops, mostly sweet potatoes! The property is roughly 43 acres facing growth pressure from the nearby city of Delhi. This property was permanently protected by an...

read more
Kruppa Farm

Kruppa Farm

The Kruppa Farm property is approximately 64 acres of beautiful almond orchards in Merced county. The property is comprised of prime farmland that is needed for sustained agricultural production. This property was permanently protected by an Agricultural Conservation...

read more
Gail Martin Trust Farm

Gail Martin Trust Farm

The Gail Martin Trust Farm is located in Delhi. With sandy soils, it is perfect and ready for trees to go in! This beautiful property was permanently protected by an Agricultural Conservation Easement funded by the Department of Conservation in...

read more
CA Growin’: A Cherry on Top!

CA Growin’: A Cherry on Top!

A Cherry on Top! Put it right on top of Spring! With cherry season right around the corner, it’s time to talk to Jon Brandstad!  Jon and his family grow cherries near Linden.  In 2011, Jon and his wife Christine permanently protected their 175-acre farm.  Three years...

read more
Cherry Lemonade

Cherry Lemonade

Ingredients: 1 cup sugar 1 cup water 1 pound fresh CA cherries, washed and pitted 1 cup fresh lemon juice 6 cups cold water Optional (mint garnish)   Instructions: Heat sugar and 1 cup water in a pot until sugar dissolves. Add 1 cup cherries, bring to a boil...

read more
Raley’s Field Trips on the Farm – Ms. Agpalo

Raley’s Field Trips on the Farm – Ms. Agpalo

It was a beautiful crisp day for Ms. Agpalo’s class from Garin Elementary to take a field trip to First Generation Farmers. The excitement roaring from the bus said it all when they arrived and saw all the free range chickens running around. The excitement...

read more
Field Trips on the Farm

Field Trips on the Farm

Local students get the full farm-to-fork experience: Field Trips on the Farm start in April – come join us! BRENTWOOD, CA: Many of us ‘get’ the farm-to-fork concept in theory, but how many of us really get to see it in action? How many kids get the chance to see where...

read more