New Farm-to-Table Teaching Center Is The First Of Its Kind In The Bay Area

West Marin’s beloved outdoor educational farm, Slide Ranch, has announced a Grand Opening Celebration and Barn Raising for its new Farm-to-Table Teaching Center (FTTC) with a live music concert by Grammy nominee and legendary jazz pianist-composer David Benoit &Band, psychedelic roots-rock band Moonalice, and a Grammy winning surprise special guest on Sunday, September 24.

Eco-learning center

The new state-of-the-art children’s eco-learning center and kitchen is the first of its kind of the Bay Area, and significantly enhances and expands Slide Ranch’s nationally renowned environmental education and lifestyle programming. In addition to live entertainment, a delectable meal, and stupendous views, guests will have the opportunity to tour the new facility, the first new building at Slide Ranch in nearly 50 years.

The groundbreaking Center features a commercial teaching kitchen, deck overlooking the Pacific Ocean, living roof, and a fully accessible design. It was designed by noted architect Mark Cavagnero, who also created the SF JazzCenter and Wilsey Opera Center. The living roof, which extends the beautiful grounds skyward, was designed by landscape architect Paul Kephart, whose CalAcademy living roof was among the first in the nation.  

Open-air concert

Nestled amidst 134 stunning acres on the North Bay coast, the afternoon event features an open-air concert with David Benoit & Band, Moonalice, plus a Grammy winning surprise guest performer and hands on activities like a tie-dye station. A taste of musical treats to come in the video below!

In keeping with Slide Ranch’s dedication to the farm-to-table experience, guests will enjoy delicious greens plucked crisp from the organic garden, dessert by Three Twins Ice Cream and a gourmet farm-to-table lunch provided by Black Bark, State Bird Provisions, and A16. These fine food purveyors are part of the Slide Ranch Chefs Collective, a collaboration between Slide Ranch and top Bay Area chefs. Guests will also sip wine curated by Master Sommelier Laura Maniec and craft beer from Fort Point Beer Company.

“In true Slide Ranch style, we look forward to a down-home celebration with a gourmet twist,” said Board Chair Suzette Clarke. “We are profoundly proud of our new teaching center, which allows us to cast a broader net into the community and to provide even more educational opportunities.”

Planting kids in nature

Slide Ranch serves 10,000 visitors each year, many from inner cities, and provides scholarships to 70 percent of participants.  For many, the varied programs have become entrenched traditions, including school and community field trips and other educational series, family programs, summer camps, teacher-in-residence classes, and online curriculum. In addition to these educational opportunities, Slide Ranch has become a unique and highly sought-after location for weddings, corporate retreats, and team-building getaways.

“We have been planting kids in nature since 1970,” said Executive Director Maika Llorens Gulati. “This Center has been a dream for many of those years, and we are elated with the result. We are grateful to our generous donors for help making this a reality, and we welcome friends old and new to join us for this exciting occasion.”

Event details

Sunday, September 24, 12:30pm to 4:00pm at Slide Ranch, 2025 Shoreline Highway, Muir Beach. See website for directions.

Tickets for the Barn Raising are $50 for children, $175 for General Admission, and $350 for VIP guests. To purchase tickets, visit or call (415) 717-7410.