Through our events and event sponsorships, LoaTree seeks to engage the public in educational and interactive ways. Music, food, and art are just some of the tools we leverage as we seek to build healthy and resilient communities.


Sunday, September 10 • 11AM – 5PM • Rancho La Patera & Stow House

Founded by mother and daughter team Lynn Hartman and Katie Hershfelt, the festival aims to revitalize traditional food preparation and promote local food and farming. Hartman and Hershfelt share a common vision: “We want attendees to feel empowered to nurture the immune system that nature gave us. Beneficial bacteria from fermented foods grown in healthy soil is an easy way to do this. Our festival is part of a larger grass-roots movement that is changing the way we view our food, our connection to the earth and our ability to thrive.”

-“Nurture what Nature Gave You” Theme featuring fermentation, science and health care industry professionals on how fermentation directly impacts health.
-DIY Fermentation Stations, where attendees can participate in hands-on demonstrations that show how easy it is to make traditionally fermented foods such as citrusy water kefir soda, spicy heirloom tomato salsa, fermented zucchini chips, Four Thieves kraut and onion relish.
-Pickled Pavilion and Culture Corner, where fermentation experts will share the history, benefits and preparation of fermented foods such as Macadamia nut yogurt, pinquito bean miso, papaya salsa, raw chocolate butter pudding and wild soda.
-Dozens of Ferment-centric Exhibitors, featuring 75+ different types of local and regional fermented foods samples, products, and supplies.
-21+ Farm-to-Bar Area, where attendees can taste traditionally crafted wild ale, cider, mead, jun, shrubs, distilled spirits, fermentation-inspired cocktails, and other creative libations.
-Culture Chat featuring one-on-one learning opportunities with fermentation and health experts
-Bacteria Buddy Passport Program featuring hands-on activities for bacteria farmers ages 4-12 years old


Saturday, September 16 • 12PM – 5PM • 6309 Carpinteria Ave (Procore)

Just 15 months ago, the Land Trust for Santa Barbara County launched an ambitious $7.9 million campaign to purchase Carpinteria Bluffs III, a small but important portion of the larger Carpinteria Bluffs area that overlooks Rincon Point.

One year later, in partnership with the Citizens for the Carpinteria Bluffs, the City of Carpinteria, public funding from the County of Santa Barbara and State of California, and more than 1,300 community members, the Land Trust has successfully raised the entire $7.9 million needed to fund the final purchase, initial restoration, and long-term maintenance of the Carpinteria Bluffs III property.

Celebrate the Bluffs Community Party!

To celebrate and thank all who were involved with the campaign, the Land Trust is hosting a free community event: Celebrate the Bluffs! We did it – let’s party!

WHAT: Celebrate the Bluffs Community Party

WHEN: Saturday, September 16, 12-5PM

WHERE: 6309 Carpinteria Ave. (Procore), Carpinteria, CA

WHAT: Live Music, Food Trucks, Beer/Wine Garden, Kids Activities, Site Tours, More

Celebrate the Bluffs will include live performances by local bands the UpbeatAfishnseA the MoonTony Ybarra, and others. Docent-led property tours will be offered throughout the afternoon, and kids activities will include face painting and henna by SB Parties, games, and a fun art project.

A beer/wine garden will be open to anyone 21+ (valid ID required) and will be stocked by local favorites Island Brewing CompanyRincon BreweryBrewLAB, and Boochcraft. Water with Life and Bona Fide Craft Draft will provide non-alcoholic beverages while Shrimp vs Chef will offer delicious food options, including vegetarian. Proceeds from many vendors will be donated to the Land Trust and Carpinteria Bluffs III. Tax deductible donations to Carpinteria Bluffs may be made on site or at

The event family friendly, with free parking available on-site. Bicycling is strongly encouraged and there will be self-park bike stations.

Celebrate the Bluffs would not be possible without the generous support of: Procore, GIGAVAC, LinkedIn, and Continental. Additional support provided by S&S Seeds, Cate School, Rincon Engineering, Lucidity Events, Charles Schwab, Rockwell Printing, Porch, Carpinteria Coastal View News, NuSil/Avantor, and McGuire | Westlotorn, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.

To learn more about Celebrate the Bluffs, contact the Land Trust at 805.966.4520 or visit

About the Land Trust

Since 1985, The Land Trust for Santa Barbara County has worked with community groups, willing landowners and others to preserve, restore, and manage open space, wildlife habitat, and family farms and ranches throughout the County. To date, the Land Trust has helped to preserve more than 25,000 acres of natural resource and working land, including the Arroyo Hondo Preserve, Sedgwick Reserve, Carpinteria Bluffs Nature Preserve, Coronado Butterfly Preserve, Point Sal, Carpinteria Salt Marsh, and several ranches on the Gaviota Coast.

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