Sierra Harvest’s Food Love Project is an educational farm devoted to promoting nutrition education, food security, and community involvement in growing, harvesting, eating, and celebrating fresh food! Founded in 2010 by Farmer Amanda Thibodeau and managed today by Farmer Maggie McProud, the farm hosts 2,000 visitors a year. Want to get involved? Here’s how!
During the spring and fall, Food Love welcomes hundreds of local students to experience the growing cycle of local food. We work with teachers to support classroom curriculum while showcasing what’s happening on the farm. A fun and tasty educational experience, we serve groups from preschool through high school. Contact us to learn more about scheduling a field trip.
Every Tuesday from June through October, the Food Love Project provides organic Upick Vegetables from 4:30-6:30pm. Bring your own baskets and bags, prices are similar to the farmer’s market. And – You can now use your EBT card at U-pick! Look for the harvest menu posted on the Sierra Harvest’s Facebook page each week.
Every summer in July, Food Love hosts it’s own day camp for ages 6-12! It’s a great way to immerse kids in the joy and wonder of growing (and eating!) fresh vegetables. Learn more about summer camp.
Come get your hands dirty at one of our weekly drop in Volunteer Days, every Tuesday from 9am-12pm, April through October. Come for an hour or the whole time! Bring a water bottle, hat and a snack. All ages and abilities welcome. Are you part of a volunteer group or interested in scheduling a team-building service project? Contact us for more details about a volunteer project for your group.
More about the Farm
Over 1,000 children visit the farm every year through our Farm To School program, and learn the magic of growing food from seed, tasting a vine-ripe tomato, or learning how chickens, bacteria and worms work together to help make fertile soil. Some features of the farm include:
-annual and perennial vegetable crops
-culinary and medicinal herbs
“The trip to the farm was the best day of the year so far.” – 3rd grade student
“Please buy these salad turnips! I tasted them at Food Love and they are AMAZING!” – 3rd grade student at the Nevada City Farmers Market
“This was the best day ever… including summer!”- 2nd grade student
In total, the Food Love Projects hosts 2,000 visitors each year. The farm is located at the Burton Homestead on land leased from the Bear Yuba Land Trust.
Directions: You can find the Food Love Project farm by taking N Bloomfield Road from Hwy 49, and turning left on Lake Vera Rd. Look for the Burton Homestead on the left hand side, #16200, right before Excelsior Ditch Rd.