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Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association (ALBA)

Mission

To create opportunity for limited-resource farmers through land-based training in organic farm management. ALBA recognizes and invests in the talent of field laborers, providing them intensive education and on farm training over 5 years to help them navigate the leap from farmworker to farm owner. During this time, they gain access to land, equipment and the expertise of a team of experts to help them pursue the dream of farm ownership. ALBA has helped participants launch over 200 farms, of which 100 went on to farm independently. Hundreds more returned to employment, using newly developed skills in the fast-growing organic farming sector.

The Big Idea

ALBA invests in the next generation of farmers, those who want to navigate the leap from farmworker to farm owner and use organic farming practices for a healthier planet. ALBA participants benefit from intensive training and a network of experts in their gradual access to land and equipment over the program’s five years. This nonprofit’s Big Idea has helped its program participants launch more than 200 farms and trained others on new and desirable skills within the fast-growing organic food sector.

I came to the U.S. when I was 17. My whole life I’ve worked in the fields. In my old job my only responsibility was to harvest. Now with my own farm I have to think about planting, fertilizing, soil management, harvesting, packing and marketing. It’s a big difference. But I love working. I’ve really enjoyed learning about the process. The work doesn’t feel hard because I enjoy it. There are days when you have to work sunrise to sunset. I am very proud of the products I sell. I harvest for other people but also for myself. I do this because it is healthier. It has better flavor. It gives me immense pride to be able to consume my own harvest instead of getting it from the store. If you enjoy what you do, you do it with pleasure. You put more effort into it. I haven’t reached the level of success I want to be. But I’m very prod of what I’ve achieved so far.

- Roberto Gaytan

We’re In This Together

Nonprofits are more important that ever in this trying time. Monterey County Gives! was created to support the local nonprofit community's Big Ideas (and programs). And thanks to your participation and generosity, Monterey County Gives! raised over $7.8 million for 162 local nonprofits in 2020.

MCGives! has now raised and contributed over $35 million dollars since its inception ten years ago. That’s astounding. And wonderful. Thank you to all our Partners, Sponsors, nonprofit Board Directors, staff and volunteers — and each of our 7,578 donors. We did it, together.

The 2021 Campaign begins November 11.

APPLY FOR Monterey County Gives!

The 2021 Monterey County Gives! RFP (for applying nonprofits) is due by midnight July 31st. Monterey County Gives! 2021 campaign kicks off in early November.