Founding

The School of Adaptive Agriculture began in 2013 as The Grange Farm School. The concept of an intensive farming vocational program in Mendocino County was first developed by the 10,000 members of the California State Grange in 2011. The School operates on 12 acres of the Ridgewood Ranch in Mendocino County, and is now supported by a wide network of farms and food advocates across the region, state, nation, and world!

Ridgewood Ranch

The School is located on the 5,000 acre Ridgewood Ranch, 6 miles south of Willits, CA. The Ranch has been home to a variety of inhabitants over the years, including Northern Pomo people, sheep and cattle ranchers, racing horse moguls, loggers, and now Christ’s Church of the Golden Rule. It is famously the home of Seabiscuit. The valley that contains Ridgewood Ranch is full of natural beauty and peace (photos don’t do it justice.) The Golden Rule Association hosts several other non-profits on the property, including Ecology Action and TRAIL riding program.

North Coast Opportunities

The School of Adaptive Agriculture is fiscally sponsored by North Coast Opportunities (NCO) a 501c3 nonprofit based out of Ukiah, CA. Established as a nonprofit in 1968, NCO is the county’s Community Action Agency. Through community organizing and collaboration,NCO’s mission is to assist low-income and disadvantaged people in becoming self-reliant. NCO’s 12-member tripartite Governing Board consists of elected officials, business representatives, and community members, including low-income residents. NCO provides a safety net of emergency assistance, employment, and training services for low-income families through such programs [DS1] as Foster Grandparents, the Volunteer Network, Head Start, and Early Head Start. NCO has also developed entrepreneurial green energy and transportation programs that have become successful independent nonprofits.

For more information, visit the NCO website

The Little Lake Grange

The name “Grange” which we use in “The Grange School of Adaptive Agriculture” is derived from our affiliation with the Little Lake Grange in Willits, California. The rural, populist, and radical Grange organization began in 1867, and its rich history is our inspiration for training the current and next generation in a new paradigm of the food system. The Grange was founded to advance responsible methods of agriculture, as well as to promote the social and economic needs of farmers in the United States.