The Tara Firma Farms Institute (TFFI) was founded with a clear goal: to educate our friends, families, and communities about their local food shelter, share and develop techniques for proper animal and pasture management, and to promote knowing your farmers!
The Institute has been proud to host over 10,000 visitors on free tours of Tara Firma Farms from its inception. We have spread awareness, held workshops and classes for our community, and held events and fundraisers for ours and other non profit organizations. The journey continues in 2017 with our mission to create the Knowledge Bank, a teacher's go-to resource to educate their classes and communities about small farms, environmentally sustainable farming, and the social and political climate surrounding our food infrastructure.
The Institute offers free tours of Tara Firma Farms at 11 a.m. every Saturday & Sunday.
Private, guided tours for Schools, Non-profits, and Community Groups are available by reservation year round depending on availability.
The Institute is committed to building our Knowledge Bank, hosted for free, with Educational Resources for students and community members interested in learning more about sustainable agriculture, animal welfare, great food/recipes, and everything related.
The Institute hosts a number of events, talks, and workshops throughout the year.
Classes are centered around providing hands on experience and training to community members interested in local and sustainable agriculture, community building, and having fun!
The Institute is always looking to support positive community organizations, nonprofits focused on education, food security, families, and groups whose goals and values align with our mission to grow the mind & grow the soil.
The Tara Firma Farm's Institute Is Proud to Announce the Following VIP Educational Tour Donation Recipients in 2017:
LifeHouse Great Chefs & Wineries, Shurig Center, Soroptimist International of Novato, Rancho Elementary PTA, Assistance League, PEP Housing Visions & Vines - Wise Foundation, St. Eugene's Cathedral School, Lafayette Partners in Education, Sonoma Mountain, Elementary School, San Ramon Elementary, Glorietta Elementary, Pleasant Valley Elementary School, Boys & Girls Clubs of Marin & Petaluma, Little Shepherd Lutheran Preschool, Live Oak Foundation - Waldorf Alliance, & Gan Israel Preschool.
Our Partnership with the SF Cooking School began in the Fall of 2016, when acting Executive Director Sophia Bernstein reached out to Tara Firma in search of high quality, pasture raised meat for the program. The Cooking Project is a charitable foundation dedicated to giving children and young adults the skills to feed themselves delicious and healthy food, so we were excited to be able to help!
Located at the San Francisco Cooking School, the Cooking Project offers free cooking classes for neighborhood youth. Taught by local chefs, the classes focus on teaching very basic cooking skills in a fun, casual environment. The recipes are intended to be easy to follow and replicate, using ingredients available in the immediate area. We teach basic food shopping and budgeting skills, as well as tips like stocking the pantry and cooking cycles, like how to turn a chicken into several days worth of meals.
The cooking classes are held every other Monday from 3-5PM at San Francisco Cooking School and are free to the local youth community. They also teach classes in partnership with various schools and youth oriented organizations throughout San Francisco.