NEWSLETTER | August 2017
Central Coast Grown


Join Us on October 8 for our Fall Harvest Festival!

Things have been heating up at City Farm SLO since our Sping Newsletter and it will continue to ramp up as Summer progresses toward Fall.

First Annual City Farm SLO Fall Harvest Festival












CCG staff and volunteers are working hard to prepare for this event. We will celebrate the completion of construction of "The Pergola," our permanent classroom and meeting facility along with the camaraderie of the farmers and bounty of produce grown this year.

The Festival will showcase and sell produce grown on site by City Farm's three independent tenants, who will be on hand to offer tours of their varied operations and to present opportunities for participation in harvesting and planting activities. Local chefs and students will prepare dishes with City Farm SLO produce. The Fesitval will also include live music, along with booths and tables representing the many individuals and organizations who share a commitment to local sustainable urban agriculture.

To make this a memorable first annual event, we need to rally the support of volunteers and/or sponsors. Please contact us if you are interested in volunteering your time, talents, ideas and products. Visit the events page of our website for more details. 

Two days prior to the Festival, on October 6, City Farm will host a field trip visit by 100 statewide Growing Edible Education Symposium participants. It will be quite the celebratory weekend!

Educational Programs


During the summer recess of our regular school programs—the Pacific Beach Farm Class and the PREPARE Horticultural Therapy Class—CCG hosted FARMGIRLS Summer Camp (pictured above), organized by Teresa Lees, director of the Our Global Family Project at City Farm, the second year of this program drew the enthusiastic participation of 12 children and their families.

City Farm SLO Farmer Report

Welcome Ryan Brantley!

CCG welcomes our new tenant and partner to City Farm, Ryan Brantley! Ryan has planted the front 2.5 acre plot with buckwheat and Sudan Grass cover crop in preparation for growing strawberries and various vegetables in early autumn. Ryan has an M.S. in Agriculture from Cal Poly and currently manages the research farms at the Cal Poly Strawberry Center. He will be experimenting at City Farm with techniques for dealing with the problem of verticillium wilt in the soil that plague strawberry growers statewide.

Ryan’s coming on board fulfills CCG’s goal of devoting all 17 acres of City Farm to local production agriculture, research and educational services. Pictured below is an aerial view of our tenant plot distribution.

Red Barn Farms' Javier Magana (pictured below) has recovered from last winter’s flooding and continues his year-round cycle of planting and harvest, steadily expanding his range of customers and crops.

Find him at Thursday night downtown and Tuesday afternoon Farmers’ Guild markets in SLO.





Dacite Farms, Michael Huggins has shifted some of his operation to CCG’s greenhouse, where he’s growing exotic melons, heirloom tomatoes, ginger and turmeric.

He’s in the process now of building himself a new greenhouse with the support of the National Resource Conservation Service.



Keep in Touch


Check out the newest installation on the farm - a custom City Farm bike rack. Thank you Peak Racks! What are you waiting for...ride over for a tour and some fresh produce!

We were happy to promote sustainability and the local economy by paying for this custom bike rack with a regular box of veggies from Red Barn Farms that we exchange for a rent discount for our tenant Javier. Similar exchanges have been going on when Javier provides CCG with necessary onsite tractor work and other services. Everyone wins when you barter!


After many years of essential and devoted volunteer service, CCG treasurer Wendy Brown has retired. Thank you Wendy!

We are grateful to have found a replacement for the position in Ty Griffin, another highly skilled volunteer with experience in business, non-profit management, accounting and information technology.

If you want to learn more about Ty or any of other our Board and Staff members check out the Who We Are page on our website!


Ayla (which means Oak Tree in Hebrew) joined the CCG family on June 13. Our Outreach and Development Coordinator, Danielle decided we needed a few extra hands around the farm. She can't tell the difference between a carrot and head of lettuce yet but she can tell you what the soil tastes like.

Events / Calendar

9/10 - Slow Money SLO Sunday with Woody Tasch

9/16 - ECOSLO Coastal Cleanup Day

10/6 & 10/7 - Growing Edible Education Symposium

10/8 - City Farm SLO Fall Harvest Festival


CCG is a 501 (c)(3) organization that relies on support from grants and generous members of the community, like you. Every bit counts in making sure our educational programs, farm operations and advocacy efforts are in full swing. Consider a financial contribution or volunteer a few hours of your time!



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