Another year is drawing to an end, but what a year it’s been! As we look back, we are filled with tremendous sense of gratitude. Thanks to the amazing generosity of our supporters, we’ve made huge strides towards building an inclusive community farm. But more importantly, we enjoyed doing it with you, our friends, every day!
Here’s just a short list of activities and projects that we’ve accomplished with the help of our donors and volunteers since purchasing our farmland just 9 months ago:
Built a small greenhouse to start seeds for the farm.
Planted a starter garden to test soil fertility and possible crop varieties.
Tended the starter garden with six to eight regular volunteers.
Held our first farm work day in May, attended by 75 volunteers.
Celebrated our new farm with a Bluegrass on the Farm event in June, attended by over 300 guests.
Restored a donated Kubota tractor and bought much needed implements.
Held a farm-to-table luncheon for Special Parent Information Network (SPIN) of Santa Cruz to introduce the farm to local families and other interested people.
Brought together 100 volunteers for second farm work day in September to remove non-native plant species, trim trees, and paint our new shed and farm stand. Other volunteers prepared a farm lunch and provided live music for all who attended.
Held a Fall dance party for 40 young adults from the community and their families, in collaboration with Cabrillo College, the Santa Cruz County Office of Special Education, and SPIN.
Acquired six chickens to raise as laying hens.
Hosted middle school students from Cornerstone Church in San Francisco and high school students from Food, What?! in Santa Cruz County for farm work days.
Purchased and installed the irrigation system for the farm field.
Prepared the soil and planted an organic winter cover crop.
Help the Farm on Giving Tuesday
Giving Tuesday is on November 29th. Just as we have sown the seed for the winter cover crop, we now prepare the farm for next Spring and the second year of growing together.
Our mission: An organic farm where people with disabilities and others grow healthy food and build community. We are looking forward to building on what your hard work of 2016 has produced and to learning new skills and making new friends on the farm. So now is the time to buy what we will need in the coming year:
A greenhouse for year-round growing.
A disc harrow for our tractor.
Seed for our “Seed to Salad Program.”
Raised beds for accessible gardening and training.
Soil preparation and composting areas.
Hoses and drip tape.
Paving for our paths around our seedbed training areas.
Your generous donations on Giving Tuesday and throughout this Season of Giving will help us acquire what we need to grow all the seasons in 2017!
And your kind donations are tax deductible, of course!
My son Jake loves animals of all kinds, especially dogs. He makes lists of every dog he’s ever known, and still cries over the ones who are no longer in our lives. So it’s wonderful that he gets to hang out with Summer, who is the best farm dog a guy could ever meet.
Jake goes to the farm one or two days a week, sometimes more, and can’t wait to bond with Summer and pay a visit to the chickens. He’s excited to think about other animals we’ll have in the future, like maybe goats and rabbits, and he’s looking forward to helping to feed them and keep them healthy.
Jake and his friends have so much to look forward to at Costanoa Commons and we’re all excited about all of our plans and dreams!