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Costanoa Commons
May 2016
May 14 Work Day: Let's build the farm!
Workers prepare the kitchen garden during our May 14 work day.
Matthew greets the chicks at out May 14 work day.
Young and older workers at our May 14 work day.
Workers enjoy a break during out May 15 work day.

Scott painting a fence during our June 14 work day.Our first Farm Work Day on May 14th was such a success! It was very heartening to have so much support for helping us bring about the Costanoa Commons vision for an urban community farm where all are welcome.

Your generosity and hard work had huge pay off for us today: new deer fencing around our garden (It works!), a carefully and well-built stage for our farm opening celebration, new garden beds and plantings, a great start to a long wheelchair path.

Special thanks to our crew leaders Kirby, Frank, Yan, Phil, Jelena, and Liz; to the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems and the apprentices for loaning tools and turning out in great numbers; and to Dragan Macura and Agro Thrive for a generous donation of organic fertilizer and for extra help today.
The dialects of our tribe
by Fred Flint

Fred and Dylan at the Farm.Dylan is a beautiful young man of 24. Affable, with an engaging smile, he seeks out social situations where he knows he will be comfortable and free of stress. Although he has struggled with speech and language all his life, he compensates well and communicates his needs and his aspirations successfully. Dylan likes most sport activities and has played Challenger baseball since the age of six. He has also participated in Special Olympics basketball and bowling. However, Dylan’s true passion is painting. He thrives in this expressive state and at times it is difficult to keep him stocked with art supplies.

Here's how Danielle, Dylan's sister, describes her brother:

“Dylan likes things to be very predictable but he has trouble expressing his exact expectations clearly. He wants the future to be precisely as he's planned it out, but he can only express a rough sketch of his plan. He often wants to express to others stories or events that have happened recently, but becomes easily frustrated when others don't immediately understand what he's trying to say. Sometimes he's only looking for a word or a phrase and he'll excitedly finish the story from there. But other times I'm at a loss because he looks to me to tell others what happened at an event he attended that day without me. His sense of time is incomplete in that he's able to understand that something is happening in the future, but is unsure of when exactly in the future the event is. If he has a dentist appointment in January he can't fathom having a vacation that month as well because the vacation would prevent him from getting to his appointment. He takes a while to trust and will only believe one "truthful" person at a time. Right now that's my dad. If I tell Dylan that we're going to visit Grandma in January he'll remind me of his appointment. I'll assure him that his appointment will be first, and a week later we'll leave for Grandma's. They won't conflict. Though I've never lied to him, he won't believe me. It will take a call from Dad (and only a call from Dad) to convince him that it's ok to plan a trip to Grandma's and calm his nerves about missing the dentist.”

I am proud to be Dylan’s compass.
Bluegrass on the Farm
Banjo leaning on a farm fence

Come celebrate the opening of our organic community farm and support our mission to help people with and without disabilities grow healthy food and build community! We have just a few tickets remaining!

Bluegrass on the Farm
335 Golf Club Drive
Santa Cruz
Saturday, June 25, 2016
Noon—4:00 PM

  • Live music by The Stadler Gibbons Band
  • Tours of the farm
  • A picnic lunch (included in the ticket price)
  • Raffle prizes
  • Wine and beer
  • Dancing

Ticket Prices are $35 Adult ($25 tax deductible),$10 Children (2-12).
$100 event supporters will be honored on our honor board.

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