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Poetry Out Loud! 2017


2017 is the seventh year of the FARM's sponsorship of Poetry Out Loud!, the National Recitation Contest created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. Poetry Out Loud! is administered in partnership with the State Arts Agencies of all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the US Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.

For more information on Poetry out Loud!, please visit their website at

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Nevada County's high school recitation competition.
Nevada County Poetry Out Loud! is underwritten by a grant from the California Arts Council. "
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California Preservation Foundation

2010 Statewide Conference

Beginning in 2009, The FARM joined the team helping to coordinate the California Preservation Foundation's 35th Annual statewide conference held May 12 - 15, 2010 in Nevada County, California. in partnership with St. Joseph's Cultural Center, we helped produce and videotape the conference's Three-minute Success Stories -- sketches that depict, in vaudeville style, the ups and downs of preserving historic buildings.


Earth Day 2010

The FARM brought hi-tech to the Earth Day celebration at Sierra College campus in Grass Valley in April, 2010. We broadcast the event live on the Internet, including interviews with the participants and performances by some of our best local musicians. Special thanks to Natalie Lotz and ECOS for putting on this well-attended event and to Joe Malfa for his technical expertise!


Poetry Out Loud!


The FARM sponsored the third annual Poetry Out Loud ! competition, underwritten by the National Endowment for the Arts in cooperation with the California Arts Council.  The competition is for high school students in the 58 counties of California.  Nevada County is one of the counties that has sent a student to the state finals since 2008.  This year, FARM in addition to sponsoring the competition and county finals, also videotaped it to provide study tapes for the students who participated. Thanks to Penelope Curtis for this great opportunity!


Passion Into Action


In partnership with local luminaries See Jane Do, The FARM videotaped the sold-out Passion Into Action, An Inspired Gathering of Hearts and Minds, a women's conference in Grass Valley, CA.


SYRCL Wild and Scenic Film Festival 2010

The FARM also participated with See Jane Do in the media lounge area of the SYRCL Wild and Scenic Film Festival in Nevada City in January of 2010, supplying camera operators and interview footage for a live Internet broadcast.




For the past two years,The FARM has sponsored and participated in Ridgestock, a yearly  sustainability festival held on the San Juan Ridge at the North Columbia Schoolhouse.

Harp Project:


Generous donations have enabled the FARM to provide a scholarship for a local harp student to receive lessons. We are honored to support students in our community. From this project a young local harpist has had the oppportunity to teach her skills to an up-and-coming harp enthusiast. We look forward to working with other youngsters in the future with their musical education.

Earth Day Maidu Presentation

The FARM was pleased to be able to donate funds to the Tsi Akim Maidu tribe to support their Maidu language classes at NCTV studios in Nevada City. A check was presented to Don Ryberg, Chairman of the Tsi-Akim Maidu tribe during the Earth Day, 2009 celebration at Loma Rica Ranch in Grass Valley. Above, left to right: Richard Fournier, Lou Meyer and chairman Don Ryberg.

While scholars may debate whether this effort comes under the category of linguistics, anthropology or sociology, the Maidu people are strong and are working on their own to preserve their native tongue which is threatened with extinction, as is the Maidu culture should it not be passed on to younger generations. The FARM considers it an honor to facilitate support of the Maidu people in their efforts to maintain the viability of their culture and language.


FARM board president Lou Meyer (middle row, center) with fellow members of the Sierra College Energy Technology Industry Committee, including the dean of the Nevada County campus, Stephanie Ortiz (front row, second from right). The committee designed the first Solar Energy Technician classes for its Energy Technology program. Introduction to Photovoltaics was the first course in the Energy Technology program.  Classes started the week of August 31, 2009. Jonny Hill (center row, left), owner of Sierra Solar Systems in Grass Valley, was one of the first instructors of the program. See our links page for more information.


The FARM sponsored and implemented the celebration of the planet on Earth Day for the second year in 2009, with veteran organizer Beth Moore. Congratulations to the Nevada Union students who made this year's Earth Day their senior project... And thank you to Joseph Cornell, author of Sharing Nature With Children (the theme for 2009) for participating in this successful event. Above, left to right: FARM board treasurer, Gail Woodman, president, Lou Meyer and vice-president, Terri Hicklin.

In 2010 we worked in partnership with Sierra College in Grass Valley to provide a live Internet broadcast of the event.

Whatcha Gonna Drive?

The FARM co-sponsored Whatcha Gonna Drive?, 2008 with APPLE and Power-Up Nevada County at the Center for the Arts in Grass Valley. Speakers, literature and a parking lot full of alternative-fuel vehicles were part of this well-attended event.

Music and Entertainment

In the summer of 2008The FARM sponsored and established the first youth stage at the Grass Valley Farmers' Market, in partnership with A Drug-free Nevada County, Neo and Friday Night Live.


If you would like to support us in our efforts, a tax-deductible donation can be sent to us at:


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Grass Valley, CA 95945

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