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Costanoa Commons
www.CostanoaCommons.org
June 2018
Farm stand opens
The farm stand announcement that says, "Where farmers of all abilities grow healthy food and flowers!"
The farm stand is stocked and ready for customers.
Volunteers pose at the farm stand ready to sell organic farm produce and flowers.
A gathering at the site of the future farm.Costanoa Commons opened our farm stand for the first time at 10:00 a.m. on June 16. Friends, supporters, community members, and passersby stopped to buy flowers, eggs, strawberries, potatoes, and tote bags.

We are happy and proud that our plans are literally coming to fruition for a farm where people with and without disabilities can care for plants and animals and create friendships with one another.

As the growing season continues, the farm stand will be open every Saturday between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. with organically-grown fruit, veggies, flowers, and more! Community members’ purchases from our farm stand help us train and employ people with intellectual or developmental disabilities.
Strawberry success!
Farm volunteer Kaela holding a large tray of strawberries that she has picked.Last fall, Costanoa Commons farm planted 600 Albion strawberry plants. Today, our plants are producing about 60-75 pints of fruit, about 50 pounds, every week!

These berries were developed for the California grower and are very sweet, firm, and often large. They require a regular fertilizing regimen and, thanks to our friends at AgroThrive, our berries get a steady diet of organic nutrients that protect our plants and help them bear steadily throughout the season.

Chris, our strawberry guru, has done a great job with these treats, and everyone who tastes them agrees that they are delicious.

We prefer to sell them straight off the plants at our Saturday farm stand since we find their flavor to peak when eaten at room temperature and not chilled. However, Albions also freeze well so feel free to stock up while the gettin’ is good!
Thank you volunteers
Volunteers from Gilead Sciences, Inc. pose after working on the farm on a June weekend.
Volunteers add so much to Costanoa Commons farm! The farm would not be where it is, with infrastructure improving, crops coming in, and the farm stand running, without the hard work of groups and individuals who freely give their time, labor, and perspiration to help us build the farm and community resource we envision.

The farm welcomes volunteers every Tuesday from 10:00 AM until noon. Groups from companies and service organizations often arrange to come on weekends. They do so much, and alway enjoy the work and fellowship.

Thanks to the group from Gilead Sciences, Inc. who visited early this month and all the other volunteers, young and old, who help us every week.
A volunteer works in the garden.
A young volunteer helps construct the greenhouse.
A volunteer hoes a row in the garden.
A volunteer takes a break from work in the garden to pose with tools.
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