1. New City Farm Tenants
Michael Huggins - Dacite Farm
Dacite Farm brings together a lot of firsts for Michael Huggins. It's his first year running his own farm, his first year growing in California, his first year at City Farm SLO and his first year being a father. Stay tuned for information on where to find his turmeric, ginger, tomatoes and melons.
We welcome Michael to our collective of small, beginning farmers which include GreenGold Organics, Javier of Red Barn Farms, the SLO Permaculture Global Family Garden and our City Farm plot.
Check out the CityFarmSLO blog to track the progress of the Pacific Beach High School farm program as well as other updates at City Farm-SLO. Pictured (above): PBHS team garden signs
2. New Staff
Niko Comati - Farm Worker, CSA Developer and Food Hub Intern
Niko joined CCG last summer as an intern to gain additional hands-on experience farming. He is now an integral member of the team working toward building CCG's first CSA.
Danielle Armstrong - Office Administrator
Danielle came to us in the fall with a wealth of knowledge in small scale urban agriculture and business management experience. She is excited to contribute both on and off the field.
Dena Paolilli - Assistant Farm Manager & Educator
Dena is the most recent addition to the CCG team. After a long stint as a Park Ranger in the Sierra Nevada, she is thrilled to be back in the rhythm of farming and educational outreach.
Click here to see pictures and learn more about our newest team members.
3. New Working Group Collaborations
SLO County Food Systems Coalition helps build a stronger local, regional food system in our community. CCG participates by leading two working groups within the FSC:
- Food Hub Working Group welcomes Jeff Wade, of Central Coast Marketing and founder of Slow Money SLO. His leadership and business expertise have already opened new opportunities for local food procurement.
- Farm to School: Introducing a new working group that brings together a diverse set of stakeholders to promote and support farm to school activities, specifically school gardens, local food procurement, and agriculture and nutrition education integrated into academic standards. Additionally, we welcome Lisa Paniagua, whose knowledge of Farm to School initiatives as a Project Coordinator for School Garden Sustainability through UCCE SLO/Santa Barbara, will be an asset to the working group.
4. New Ways to Get Involved
Central Coast Grown has revamped its opportunities for getting involved and now we need your support as we continue to grow.
Consider donating $40 toward a new shed for City Farm. The recent El Niño storms really did a number on our little storage unit (note the roof on a neighboring plot ~75ft away). We need something food-safe friendly, that is weather and mice proof, and will offer protection for our seeds.
Lend a helping hand on the farm or behind the scenes. If you have a relevant skill set or just want to come and learn, we'd love to have you. We are also currently looking for Board Members and Interns, so if you have additional time to commit, please apply.
* AmazonSmile: Online shop much? Choose Central Coast Grown as your organization on AmazonSmile and a percentage of what you spend on the site will be donated to CCG.
* Vermiculture Consultation: Save our landfills and enrich our gardens one worm bin at a time. $50 gets you a personal visit (from our vermiculture expert & advocate), supplies and new starter worms. Please call or email us for more information or to schedule your worm consultation.
Under Construction - New City Farm Hoop House
LoveSLO - 3/19
Earth Day Fair - 4/24
Farmer's Guild - 1st Mon of every month
Food Business Workshop - 2/18
The Guild Raising - 2/20
CA Small Farm Conference - 3/5 - 8
REX10 Farm Planning w/ Darren Doherty - 3/9 - 18
Earth Day @ Branch Mill Organic Farm - 4/23
SAEA Conference - 7/29 - 31
CSA Workshop -
Complying with the AG ORDER on the Central Coast, CCOF - 2/18
GroupGAP webinar - 2/18
Teaching Organic Farming and Gardening Webinar, CASFS - 2/24
USDA Farm to School webinar series - through 5/26
Community Member Spotlight:
Favorite Vegetable: Spinach
CCG wants to acknowledge Rosemary Wilvert for her hard work and dedication to the preservation of agricultural land in San Luis Obispo. As she steps down her involvement from the City Farm Working Group, it is important to remember her role in a long history that paved the way for CCG.
Rosemary is originally from Los Angeles, but moved to SLO 45 years ago. In 1994 she was an advocate for the Calle Joaquin Preserve; which City Farm now calls home. When asked why she got involved, she replied, "I couldn't stand the thought of prime soil on top of an aquifer being developed for anything other than agriculture." A huge land battle ensued and to make a long story short, Rosemary is now seeing the fruits of her labor with organizations like CCG.
Her contribution doesn't stop there. She has been involved in CPR - Citizens for Planning Responsibly, The City Farm Working Group (since it's inception), Farm to School and more!
Rosemary is excited and confident in the next generation leading food and education advocacy in SLO. So much so, that she is stepping down to pursue other endeavors. She notes, "what's happening now is a reward for all those years and money spent fighting to protect land." Her advice, "continue to educate children on ways to feed ourselves (as a community)."
Thank You to our Local Business Donors of 2016:
Sinsheimer, Juhnke, McIvor & Stroh