The School of Adaptive Agriculture

The School of Adaptive Agriculture (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 School of Adaptive Agriculture 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, 12 week agricultural program where…

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About the School

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Workshops & Events

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A Residential, Practicum Program

Our 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, SAA 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, SAA Graduate

"Attending the 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 SAA 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

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Meet the Team at the School of Adaptive Agriculture

Caroline Radice
Caroline Radice
Leadership Team, Food Hub Manager, Caterer, Go-To Godess
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
Leadership Team, Industrial Arts Instructor
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 & Instructor
Joshua Sternberg is SAA's field manager. Before arriving at the school and settling into farming as his preferred occupation and passion, Joshua...
AJ Barrett
AJ Barrett
Leadership Team
For most of his adult life, AJ worked with children and youth as dependents of the Juvenile Court and foster care. He spent 12 years working in...
Lila Ryan
Lila Ryan
Leadership Team
Lila sits on the school’s Leadership Team and is currently developing a plan with SAA and NRCS to install a 3,600 square foot insectary...
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Our 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

School of Adaptive Agriculture's Blog

Stories from the Farm & Ridgewood Ranch
Meet the Students: Kevin

Meet the Students: Kevin

Daniel Spiro continues his interview series with recent graduates from the School of Adaptive...

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Scale Up?  Whoa Nellie!

Scale Up? Whoa Nellie!

Scale up? Whoa Nellie! by Michael Foley (farmer, educator & founding member of the School of...

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Meet the Students: Sarah

Meet the Students: Sarah

Daniel Spiro continues his interview series with recent graduates from the School of Adaptive...

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Meet the Students: Eliot

Meet the Students: Eliot

Daniel Spiro continues to interview students at the School of Adaptive Agriculture. Enjoy! For...

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Summer Term Students Settling In

Summer Term Students Settling In

A month into the summer term, our six summer term students have settled into the routine of life...

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Meet the Students: Brown

Meet the Students: Brown

“I could do with less,” says Andrew Brown, current student at the SAA, and this sentiment...

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Help Train the Next Generation of Farmers

They Left It All Behind To Follow Their Passion Imagine packing up your sedan with the contents...

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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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