OCTOBER 8 2017: Fall Harvest Festival
The first purpose of the event is to invite people to learn about and enjoy City Farm SLO, at the Calle Joaquin Agricultural Reserve, a 17 acre site located along Highway 101 between Los Osos Valley and Madonna roads. The property is owned by the City of SLO, which selected Central Coast Grown as its manager. The Reserve was created by the City in 1994 in accordance with SLO residents’ goal to maintain our heritage by preserving some exceptionally fertile farmland within City limits for the public benefit.
The second purpose of the event is to raise funds which will enable Central Coast Grown to continue staffing onsite educational programs. These include
- The City Farm School Project, which for the last three years has offered a year-long class, “Farm,” at Pacific Beach Continuation High School. It provides academic credit and hands-on instruction in agricultural activities, food preparation, nutrition, and food system issues
- The Horticultural Therapy Projectfor the PREPARE program provides twice-weekly sessions of farm and garden activities onsite for developmentally disabled young adults
- The projects of Our Global Family: weekend farming experiences for elementary school age children and their families, as well as “Farm Girls Summer Camp.”Now in its second year, this weeklong day-camp is organized by CCG collaborator, Teresa Lees, in connection with the SLO Permaculture Guild
- And this year, just preceding the Festival onOctober 6 &&, City Farm will welcome 100 statewide attendees at the GEE (Growing Edible Education) Symposium hosted by the SLO County Office of Education and the SLO County Food System Coalition (https://www.geesymposium.org/).
The third purpose of the event is to showcase and distribute produce grown on site by City Farm’s independent tenant farmers, Javier Magana of Red Barn Farms, Michael Huggins of Dacite Farm, and Ryan Brantley. They will be on hand to offer tours of their varied operations and to present opportunities for participation in harvest and planting activities. Local chefs and students will prepare food grown at the farm in cooking demonstrations.
Finally, the purpose of the Fall Harvest Festival is to bring together the many individuals and organizations who share a commitment to local sustainable urban agriculture to collaborate and celebrate our shared mission with the entire community. We would be honored to have you join us.
CLICK HERE to register as a sponsor (if you are a non-profit organization wanting a space and unable to afford this, please contact us directly).