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Cooperative Extension Santa Cruz County
1432 Freedom Blvd, Watsonville, CA 95076
The local problem-solving center is one of 64 extension programs run by the University of California. The local officeMore offers programs in 4-H, etomology, horticulutre, marine science, farm management and many others. The popular Master Gardener program is a resource for locals with gardening questions.
Triple M Ranch
420 Hall Rd, Royal Oaks, CA 95076

Triple M Ranch, also known as the Farm Training and Research Center, is owned and operated by the Agriculture andMore Land-Based Training Association (ALBA). This 195-acre ranch is primarily left undeveloped and is home to various research study projects by students and faculty at California State University, Monterey Bay. Studies have included those on agricultural runoff, sediment retention and deposit and more. It is part of the environmentally-sensitive Elkhorn Slough watershed.

Due to a natural lands easement, only about 60 acres are used for farming. These acres are leased to small farmers for training on ecologically-sound, sustainable and organic farming practices. 

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