November 2018 Newsletter

2nd Annual Fall Harvest Festival:
A Fine Time for All

About 500 people of all ages turned out for this year’s event on the farm.

The weather was lovely, the food and drink were delicious, the band joyful and popular, the onsite farmers’ market loaded with our autumn bounty.

Activities included hayrides and tours, tomato toss, corn roast challenge, yoga, pumpkin and face painting, bicycle drawing, pumpkin weight estimate contest.

Many thanks to our generous sponsors: City of SLO, San Luis Ranch, Alfano Motors, Pacific Energy, New Times, Central Coast Family and Carmichael Environmental.

School Programs

Twice weekly Farm classes for Pacific Beach High School and weekly Therapeutic Horticulture classes for PREPARE continue with a variety of end-season activities activities: pumpkin carving and composting, final corn roast and stalk removal, drying seeds.

A pilot program of Farm visits by students and their teachers from J.C. Hill and Sinsheimer Elementary are scheduled for November, January and February.

The Mountain Air and Patagonia Provisions host Central Coast Grown/SLO City Farm

On the night of October 26, we were invited guests at the outdoor screening of “Unbroken Ground,” a presentation of films sponsored by Patagonia clothing and Provisions in downtown SLO.  We contributed to the chili, sold our farmers produce, and received a generous contribution of Patagonia Provisions Beer sales.

Second Saturday Work Party 

November 10, 9:00-Noon

Come join us at 1221 Calle Joaquin, SLO (next to new BMW dealer)
Some jobs we’ll be doing:
Planting starts and seeds for “cold weather” crops: peas, lettuce, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, spinach.

Corn, pumpkins, sweet peppers, beans, squash, cucumbers and melons have been harvested, and their rows are tilled and irrigated.

Composting and mulching, mowing and watering.

During the last month, City Farm SLO received extensive local media coverage:
Thanks to outreach coordinator Sandra Marshall
Thanks to SLCoastal Unified Food Service Director, Erin Primer,  Tenant Farmer Javier Magana and New Times for this great story about City Farm/School Collaboration