We so thoroughly enjoyed Tara's visit to our Rotary Club.  Not only did we learn a great deal, but we appreciated how passionate Tara is about something vital to all of us in West Marin.  Common sense is in short supply these days; we found Tara's grasp of food production and wisdom in caring for the land to be spot on.  I know that Tara has sparked an interest in members wanting to visit Tara Firma Farms.  May her business grow (comfortably) in leaps and bounds.  We really appreciated that Tara took time out of her busy day to meet with us!

Michelle Clein 
Rotary Club of West Marin, Charter President (2002-2007) 
I thought Tara was one of the best speakers we have had.  What she has done is incredible -- going from selling long term care to running an organic, sustainable farm of 300 acres is quite an accomplishment.  Also, I'm impressed how she has involved the local community.  I spoke with my daughter in law.  She says that students at her school have taken field trips to the farm.  On a personal level she is a very engaging person.” 
Bill Wigert 
Rotary Club of West Marin

Tara Smith

Executive and Farmer

Living out her convictions Tara Smith jumped from a successful executive career in the Long Term Care Insurance industry to Farming. Raising and growing REAL food, she seeks to share her experience, inspiration and the humor that has brought her down the unlikely and surprising path as a successful farmer.

Curriculum Vitae
Owner, Tara Firma Farms
Sr. Sales Leader, LTC Financial Partners 2003 - 2006
Divisional Vice President, GE Long Term Care Division 1999 - 2003
Regional Sales Leader, LTC Inc. 1994 - 2003
National Director of Recruiting, LTC Inc. 1992 – 1994
Microsoft Corporation 1990 - 1992
B.S. Computer Information Systems Management 1984
B.S. Political Science 1984

Speaking Topics:

  • Farming Real Food – What is Real Food?  A humorous and sometimes shocking look at our food industry through the eyes of a city girl and what she did to take a stand for Real Food. 

  • Business and Leadership – Building three successful businesses, two in Long Term Care Insurance and the newest venture into the food industry, Tara uses humor to bring the simple and inspirational secrets of a successful leader to her audience.
  • Women in Business – equality and how to play the game.  It’s all about being clear on what you want.  Telling the truth and bringing your true self to the game….and it is never to be forgotten that it is “A Game”.
  • Do what you love and the money will come?  You have got to be kidding! A tough and humorous look at making dreams come true, the effort to realize those dreams and how to enjoy the adventure along the way.

  • Living a Fearless Life – without getting run over by a car.  A humorous look at our power as women, how to hold it with ease and make decisions that support you moving toward your dreams.

Call the farm to discuss your speaking needs and associated fees at (707) 765-1202. 


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Speaking Engagements:

•    Farm to Table – Educational and Experiential Speaker Series
•    LTC Speakers Guild, Novato, CA – Woman in Business
•    LTC National Conferences – Building a Leadership Team Leadership Training
•    Petaluma Chamber of Commerce, Women in Business
•    American Business Women Association of Sonoma County
•    Marin Women’s Hall of Fame – HALO
•    Rotary Clubs of Ignacio, West Marin, Terra Linda, Mill Valley, Tiburon-Belvedere, Marin Sunrise and Marin Evening, Sausalito, San Rafael Harbor, Mission San Rafael, San Rafael
•    Rotary Clubs of San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf and Chinatown
•    Kiwanis Clubs of Healdsburg and Petaluma
•    WIN Speaker series
•    Novato Chamber of Commerce, Wake-Up in Novato Speaker Series
•    Active 20/30 Club of Petaluma
•    Integrative Medicine Club, Touro College
•    Wednesday Morning Dialogue
•    Soroptimist Novato
•    Ignite Petaluma

Among others.