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 in Santa Cruz – Neptune Farms – and marketed organic vegetables and cut flowers to retail stores, farmers markets and wholesalers. In 1992, Sam began working as Lighthouse Farm coordinator for the Community Alliance with Family Farmers, 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. He is the author of Hedgerows for California Agriculture: A Resource Guide published by CAFF. Since 1996, he has planted hedgerows, windbreaks, grassed waterways and riparian plantings on over seventy farms. He continues to work on the design and installation of these conservation plantings, and is a Technical Service Provider with NRCS. More information can be found on his website:

All sessions with Sam Earnshaw

Creating and Managing Functional Biodiversity on Your Farm

Mon, October 30
1:15 pm - 2:45 pm
Delta Room