Javier Zamora: Helping Farm Workers Succeed In California

Join us for an afternoon with Javier Zamora, organic farmer and leading voice in the organic community. Zamora will share his experiences, challenges, and perspectives as a local organic farmer, including how he manages his Central Coast farming operation, JSM Organics, his relationship with his employees and views on AgTech, and his ideas for strengthening relationships between UC and regional growers.

A Q&A session will follow the talk. After the discussion, attendees can enjoy light refreshments and mingle time. All are invited to this event. Spanish interpretation will be available.

This is a free event. Parking permits cost $5.

About the speaker:

After immigrating to the United States in 1986, Javier Zamora worked in the service industry for 20 years before going back to school to earn his GED and a degree in landscape design. He then participated in the horticulture program at Cabrillo College and sharpened his farming skills through the Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association (ALBA). He started farming organically in 2012 on 1.5 acres. 

Today, as owner of JSM Organics, he farms over 200 acres on California’s Central Coast, 120 acres of which are part of a conservation easement through a partnership with the Elkhorn Slough Foundation. He sits on the Boards of ALBA, Ecological Farming Association, Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency, and the USDA National Organic Standard Board (NOSB) and is a member of USDA’s Advisory Committee on Beginning Farmers and Ranchers.

Thursday, April 6 at 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Hay Barn
1008 Ranch View Road, Santa Cruz, California 95064

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations

Invited Audience

Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Students, Prospective Students, General Public, Graduate Students



Center for Agroecology, Social Sciences Division
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