The School of Adaptive Agriculture (SAA)

The SAA is a vocational training center that equips the current and next generation with essential skills in the science, art and business of food production.

Through our workshops and residential practicum program, the SAA has gained a reputation for being one of the premier agriculture schools in Northern California.

The Program

The school’s practicum program is an intensive, 14 week agricultural program where…

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About the School

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Workshops & Events

Up-to-date workshops & events for agriculturists, farmers, hobbyists and other…

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The Residential, Practicum Program

The 14 week Practicum Student Program is an intensive, adult, residential program which derives its uniqueness from its in-depth, holistic curriculum and the school’s surrounding farming community. Students cover the spectrum of sustainable agricultural theory (which is adaptive to individual interests), while living and working side-by-side with other farmers on a beautiful 5,000 acre working ranch in Mendocino County, California. All graduates leave with a top notch education, hands-on practical experience, a network of mentors and peers, and a sense of the nobility of this profession.

 

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What our students say

Experiencing the actual physical labor and practical logistics of planning crop rotations and timing, prepping beds, pouring buckets and buckets of compost, dealing with irrigation lines, on your knees weeding, bending over harvesting, processing food to sell, not to mention the rest of running a business, all these things make you have a clearer understanding that the way the world actually operates is by people doing really hard things. Everything is hard and requires huge amounts of physical and mental effort and "Modern life" often shelters us from this reality. 

Elisha Hardy, GSAA graduate
It was extremely empowering because now, with the experience and skills I gained, I could manage to grow food and provide for myself and others.
Riley Borrall, GSAA graduate

"Attending the Grange Farm School was the defining moment in my educational career - I knew what I wanted to be doing with my life.” Gal is starting his own small, highly diversified organic vegetable operation in St. Louis, his hometown.

Matt Gal, Graduate

Ridgewood Ranch, and Mendocino County as a whole is unlike anywhere else I have traveled. The sense of community there is felt almost immediately and is very welcoming

Derrick Soares, Graduate

My time at the GSAA was extremely valuable to me because it exposed me to so many different skills, ideas, and farms that I entered my new position on a farm crew ready to complete the tasks I would be asked to do.

Jamie Golden, Graduate

Visit the school

If you are interested in learning more about the school, come visit us! We have a few open houses coming up and some interesting workshops you can attend. We also have volunteer days when anyone from the community can come help out, learn and have fun on the farm.

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Meet the team

Caroline Radice
Caroline Radice
Caroline has been farming professionally with her partner Jason since 2007, although growing food has been a part of their life since they were...
Ruthie King
Ruthie King
Director of Operations
Ruthie King grew up in Southern California before heading east to attend Columbia University, where she studied planning and design with a focus...
Michael Foley
Michael Foley
Leadership Team, Founder
Michael Foley has been an educator for over 40 years, starting with high school teaching, then at the university level. In the 1980s and 90s he...
Takashi Yogi
Takashi Yogi
Industrial Arts Teacher
Takashi Yogi is a retired medical electronics engineer who has been teaching industrial skills at the farm school. This includes carpentry...
Joshua Sternberg
Joshua Sternberg
Field Manager
Joshua Sternberg is the Farm School field manager. Before arriving at GFS and settling into farming as his preferred occupation and passion...
AJ Barrett
AJ Barrett
Infrastructure
For most my adult life I worked for 35 years with children and youth as dependents of the Juvenile Court and Foster Care.   I spent 12 years...
Lila Ryan
Lila Ryan
Office Manager
Lila Ryan is a semi-retired psychologist and sometime officer at Little Lake Grange. She spent her ‘formative years’ as a Student...
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Our local partners

NCO
NCO is the county’s Community Action Agency, established as a nonprofit in 1968 with the mission of assisting low-income and disadvantaged people...
North Coast Opportunities
www.ncoinc.org
Mendocino Organics
Mendocino Organics is a first-generation farm offering sustainable meats, amazing produce, and grain to Northern California. In partnership with...
Mendocino Organics
www.mendocinoorganics.com
Cold Creek Compost
Nestled in the hills above Potter Valley in Mendocino County lies the Cold Creek Compost facility. Established in 1995 as the first fully...
Cold Creek Compost
www.coldcreekcompost.com
DripWorks
DripWorks is your premier source for quality drip irrigation supplies. We offer an extensive selection of products ideal for home gardeners...
Drip Works
www.dripworks.com
Sparetime
Welcome to the Sparetime Supply Online Catalog! To browse our products, use the menu on the left. Existing wholesale customers should log in using...
SpareTime
https://estore.sparetimesupply.com/pages/homepage.html
JD Redhouse
We love our community! Born and raised in Willits, we at JD Redhouse value the relationships we have with our customers… many of whom we...
JD Redhouse
www.jdredhouse.com
Maripose Market
When it opened in 1979 the store known as Mariposa Produce, located next to the old Willits Feedstore, was primarily a “mom & pop”...
Mariposa Market
www.mariposamarket.com
Holistic Management
Helping Farmers & Ranchers Become Successful At HMI it just comes naturally Our mission is to educate people to manage land for a sustainable...
Holistic Management
www.holisticmanagement.org
Ecology Action
Ecology Action teaches people worldwide to better feed themselves while building and preserving the soil and conserving resources. Aware of...
Ecology Action
www.growbiointensive.org
Hydropharm
Hydrofarm is the nation’s oldest and largest wholesaler and manufacturer of hydroponics equipment and grow lights. Although we are a...
Hydro Farm
www.hydrofarm.com

Student blog

Updates and stories from the farm and Ridgewood Ranch
Beginning Farmer Spotlight

Beginning Farmer Spotlight

Meet the Students: Kayla and Dimitri by Daniel Spiro, graduate and rock of the SAA Stop by...

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What Does an Average Day at the Ranch Look Like?

What does an average day look like at the School of Adaptive Agriculture? We get this question a...

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Stop WWOOFing, Start Farming

Stop WWOOFing, Start Farming

Stop WWOOFing, Start Farming By James Bording            At any young farmer gathering, I’ve...

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Scope and Sequence

 Week 1: Introduction to Farm Life Here in Northern California, we spend around 6 months of...

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The Promise of Micro-Farming, Part III

The Promise of Micro-Farming, Part III

This blog series is written by one of the School’s founders, Michael Foley. Click here to...

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Spring AdAPT Crew

Spring AdAPT Crew

Welcome to this Spring’s Adaptive Agriculture Practicum Training Program!  AdAPT students...

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Micro Agriculture Part II

Micro Agriculture Part II

**Read part 1 of Michael Foley’s post on Micro-Agriculture HERE  Making Micro-Agriculture...

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Some Holiday Reading for Your Favorite Farmer, Aspiring Farmer, or Avid Gardener

Some Holiday Reading for Your Favorite Farmer, Aspiring Farmer, or Avid Gardener

If you’re in the gift-giving mode this holiday season, or just looking for something to...

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The Case for Microagriculture

The Case for Microagriculture

The Grange School does not advocate any one farming philosophy or style, unless it be...

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Quick Summary of the Third Graduating Class

Quick Summary of the Third Graduating Class

It can be so hard sometimes to truly reflect on an experience as you’re experiencing it. At...

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