Another Step Forward: A signed lease for SLO City Farm- January 2013 

Board, Jenna, Mayor Marx and staff with signed lease

Hopes of creating a local food system has shaped into abundant agricultural and community development opportunities for the Central Coast Ag Network (CCAN) as it moves into its tenth year. CCAN recently received the San Luis Obispo City Council’s unanimous vote in favor of leasing 18 acres of the Calle Joaquin Agricultural Reserve, also known as SLO City Farm. This land will be under agricultural production as a fully operating demonstration farm, which will maintain the agricultural history of the site while simultaneously nourishing both the land and the community through the cultivation of sustainably local food systems and education programs.

This year alone CCAN has taken substantial steps toward bringing this project to fruition; grants were awarded, public forums attended, land surveys and food assessments were carried out, and a unanimous vote was cast. Although we continue to celebrate how far CCAN has come in 2012, the focus now shifts to our efforts and progress in the years to come.  For this reason, it excites us to announce that on January 7, 2013 the lease for the SLO City Farm land was signed.