Sam Earnshaw  

Sam Earnshaw

 

Sam Earnshaw studied Forestry at U.C. Berkeley, graduating in 1974. In the mid-1980’s  Sam and his wife Jo Ann Baumgartner started their own farm, Neptune Farms, and marketed organic vegetables and cut flowers to retail stores, farmers markets and wholesalers in the local area. In 1992, Sam began working as Lighthouse Farm coordinator for the Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF), sponsoring monthly meetings and field tours for farmers, sharing techniques in biologically based farming techniques. Sam's work with local growers in Watsonville, Santa Cruz, Salinas and Hollister through this program led to CAFF's involvement in land use and water issues on the Central Coast. Sam is currently working on the design and installation of hedgerows, grassed waterways, filter strips and riparian restoration on farms, and has planted over 400 miles of conservation plantings on farms. He is the author of Hedgerows for California Agriculture: A Resource Guide published by CAFF (available on the CAFF website: www.caff.org).