Liz Milazzo, our Farm Manager, has farmed in a community setting for many years. Between 1999 and 2005, she managed the five acre certified organic farm at Green Gulch Farm Zen Center in Marin.
Most recently, Liz served as Field Production Manager and field instructor for Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS) Farm and Garden at UCSC from 2007 to 2015.
Liz has extensive experience training new staff and farm crews and takes much joy in people as well as plants. She brings expertise in soil fertility management and farming with few inputs, extensive knowledge of crop varieties, and a deep passion for social justice and equity in the food system.
It has been a dream of Liz’s to cultivate a community farm.She has many ideas about crop selection, encouraging native pollinators, and perhaps starting a community-supported agriculture program that makes boxes of locally grown, organic produce available to lower income residents of our community.We look forward to watching her creativity give shape and new life to our farm field this Spring.
The dialects of our tribe
he by Beverly Jacobson
Ezra is a man of few words. He understands almost everything people say to him, but it is difficult for him to find the words to respond.
He can talk in complete sentences, but I think the effort for him is something like for me trying to have a conversation in my mostly-forgotten high school French. He therefore prefers to use single words or short phrases, often accompanied by eloquent hand gestures. "Say the whole thing, Ezra," is something he frequently hears from us. When he thinks he might get a "no" response to a request, he’ll speak in a low mumble, making it impossible for us, his parents, to know what he’s requesting, and thereby insuring that he won’t get what he’s wanting.
The "language" in which Ezra is most fluent is that of physical movement. He is a very active guy, and requires physical activity in order to handle his abundant energy. He runs at least 6 to 14 miles each week, and regularly participates in 10K races in the community. He enthusiastically participates in Special Olympicsaquatics, where is competes in 500 and 800 yard races. He has taken part in a therapeutic horseback riding program at the B.O.K. Ranch since he was 6 years old, and it is one of his favorite activities of the week. He also participates in Special Olympics baseball and basketball. Through these activities he has long term connections with people he considers his friends.