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NEWSLETTER | June 2016
Central Coast Grown

City Farm Produce

Warm(er) Season is Upon Us!

Things are heating up on the farm and some of our favorite fruits and veggies are filling in - tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant and peppers (just to name a few). Last we connected, you were introduced to Michael Huggins (Dacite Farm), our "newest" tenant farmer, along with some of our recent staff member additions. In this newsletter, we look forward to sharing all of the progress that has been made with a little time and a few extra hands.

CCG Appoints New Executive Director

Terry Hooker, ED

Meet Terry Hooker, CCG's newly appointed Executive Director. Previously serving as a board member, Terry has stepped up to help manage the recent growth of programs, staff and operations. He brings with him over 20 years of organic Ag experience. Click here (and scroll to the staff section) to learn more about Terry and/or other members of the CCG team.


City Farm Launches its First Founding Member CSA

CSA

City Farm (with help from its school programs) and its tenant farmers have been working hard to sow, harvest and deliver a vibrant assortment of sustainably grown food. CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture and with the abundance of growth in the community, for the community, we are excited to share the love. "Best day ever," exclaimed Jenna Smith during the first week's pickup (former CCG Executive Director and current Founding Member Shareholder). CSAs are a great way to get local, seasonal food directly from farmers to families. 

A BIG thank you to our farmers Nicki, Dena and Niko for growing such a healthy, tasty and colorful program. The pilot season runs this month through late October. For more information or to sign up for future seasons, visit the CSA page on our website.

ADDITIONAL CITY FARM UPDATES:

Educational Programs

ConGRADulations to the Pacific Beach High School Class of 2016! Nearly half of the students walking the stage and holding diplomas were part of our educational partnership program. Farmers Nicki and Dena were there to support and honor their accomplishments.

Continuing the season of celebration, Nicki and Dena were also in attendance at the PREPARE program's Year-End BBQ in Morro Bay. PREPARE Participants were able to introduce their families to their favorite farmers. Fun was had by all and it was a great reminder of the impact and sense of community this partnership fosters.

Our Global Family @ City Farm is hosting a FARMGIRLS Summer Camp at the farm July 12 - 15 from 9am to noon. Sorry boys, this is an opportunity for young women between the ages of 8 - 16 to feel empowered through farming, cooking, crafts and more! For additional information or to register, visit the FARMGIRLS website.

Tenant Farmers

The summer bounty is ripening quickly! Michael Huggins of Dacite Farm has his first wave of tomatoes turning red. The deer are intrigued by the taste and beauty of his crops, but Michael has been working hard to erect a deer fence that will ensure they remain window shoppers only.

Javier of Red Barn Farms continues to be at events and farmers' markets all over the county. His highly productive organic field has been supplying our full-share CSA members with flavorful beets, chard, fresh garbanzo beans, and sweet peas. YUM!

If you've waved hello to City Farm from the 101 recently, you may have noticed that the farmers at Green Gold Organic Farms installed a hoop house with support from the NRCS. They hope to use the 200ft long cover to extend the growing season for their signature mini peppers and sweet strawberries. Currently, they are letting the soil rest and regenerate before starting a new crop.

To learn more about our tenants or where to find their produce, visit the Tenant Farmers page of our website (regularly).


Grant Funding Makes its Way to CCG

Our grant writers, Steven and Wendy with support from The Board have been working tirelessly to secure funding for the 2016 - 2017 year. Their hard work is paying off and we would like to acknowledge them and the contributing organizations (so far) for their big hearts and generosity.

MANY THANKS TO:

* Henry Mayo Newhall Foundation - a valued supporter for the past three years, has promised a $25,000 matching contribution if we can raise that amount in cash donations.

United Way of San Luis Obispo - awarded CCG a $5,000 Community Impact Fund grant for our educational and vocational service to at-risk and in-need youth.

We need your help more than ever! Consider joining the list of individual/family donors (to the right) as we look to match the pledged Henry Mayo Newhall Foundation contribution. Your support will help strengthen the following and is essential to the longevity of our programs, people and community:

  • The Local Food System
  • Educational / Vocational Opportunities for At-Risk and In-Need youth
  • Sustainable Agriculture (with an emphasis on healthy soil)
  • Job Security (for our current and future staff members)

Support Students Working

Now that school is out for the summer, some of our PBHS students are looking for more experience on the farm. Consider donating $50 toward a paid internship that will help them build job preparedness & confidence all while providing extra support to our farmers.

Donate

helping hand

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 currently looking for additional Board Members. Click the volunteer button below for more information.

Volunteer

 

Keep in Touch

    

City Farm Zucchini

City Farm Zucchini - 1st harvest of the season

Featured Events 

FarmGirls Summer Camp - 7/12 - 7/15

Wellness Wednesday @ City Farm - every Wednesday (come stretch, weed and enjoy being outside) 9am to Noon

CCG Fundraiser (details to follow) - 8/19

Community Events

Perennial Farming Community Workshop - 6/25

Pollination Celebration - 6/25 @ SLO GRANGE

Lavendar Festival - 7/9 Paso Robles Downtown City Park

Community Member Spotlight:

Karen Newman
Favorite Vegetable: Parsnip

Karen Newman

We want to thank Karen Newman for her time and service to the CFWG (City Farm Working Group). A dedicated member since 2013, she initially joined to cover working group duties for a friend who was leaving town. Karen knew some of the other group members from her time on Cal Poly's Organic Farm (CPOF) and was looking for additional ways to deepen her community involvement and put her permaculture design knowledge to use. During her tenure she spearheaded the site planning process, which brought together CFWG, CCG board members, City staff and community members to articulate a vision for the future of the farm. She also helped with the development of the PBHS/City Farm educational program.

Karen hails from San Jose, CA but has considered SLO home for the past 15 years. She originally came to study architecture, but moved on from studying shelter to studying food. She worked extensively at CPOF, even briefly managing the CSA there. Many of Karen's deepest friendships came from her time at CPOF. She is an avid farmers' market goer and a wealth of knowledge when it comes to growing and preparing food.

Karen is embarking on a new journey, this time in Colorado where she will be putting all of her passion, permaculture and holistic management knowledge to work on a friend's farm.

We wish you luck Karen and thanks again for everything you've given us the past few years!

Thank You to our Recent Individual Donors:

- Matt Kubot

- Cal & Rosemary Wilvert

- Jenna Smith

- Wendy Brown

- David Gehrt

- Eric Veium 

 

 

 

 

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