by Heidi Cartan
Well, it seems apt at the start of spring that we should begin our second season of production with some fanfare. We have news! Our Board of Directors, team of volunteers, and select supporters have chosen a new name for our farm. Costanoa Commons has caused some confusion with our neighbor up the coast, Costanoa Resort, though there is no affiliation. As you know, here, people with and without disabilities collaborate to steward a rare urban farm whose products can nourish us all. I am very pleased to announce that our new name is “Common Roots Farm!”
We are transitioning our legal documents, Facebook and Instagram accounts, and the like over the next few weeks. With this new name will come a new logo, too! Common Roots Farm is initiating a logo contest to invite artists to design a new logo for our organization. For more information and to enter, click here. The winner will receive a share of our farm products through a subscription to our CSA if local. A nonlocal winner can choose a basket of honey, berry jams, and dried flower wreath. We can’t wait to see our community’s creativity.
My words fail to capture what makes Common Roots Farm unique, but it has everything to do with our deeply-held belief that farmers of all abilities are welcome here. The team of dedicated volunteers that have assembled on our farm to date are generous people who come with a great diversity of skills. One thing they have in common, though, is their capacity to welcome sharing their work with people who, quite possibly, are different from anyone they’ve ever met.
We have a lot of plans at Common Roots Farm. One of them is to turn that experience of difference into relationships that yield lots of healthy food, beautiful flowers, and a sense of purpose. Therein lie our common roots.
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