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Our farm was honored by the CA Water Reuse Conference as one of the ten most important milestones in water reuse in agriculture
is to create a Sustainable and Just Community that:
promotes Food Equity;
protects the Environment; Educates; and
promotes Economic Development.
We have donated over 40,000 pounds of produce in 2021 from about 2 acres in production. We plan to expand to 3 acres next year.
THANK YOU TO OUR MAJOR SPONSORS:
Contra Costa County Supervisors Federal Glover & Karen Mitchoff
Dr. Michael Cunningham, National University System
Travis Credit Union Foundation
Honorable Michael R. McGill, P.E.: MMS Design Associates
Albert Seeno III, Discovery Homes Foundation
Sinha-Gertz Family Fund
County Quarry and Chris Gray
EcoMulch and Hamilton Tree Service: Grant and Heather Hamilton
Mike Milani, P.E.
Leigh E. Johnson, The Trial Whisperer
Oddfellows of Berkeley and Pacheco
Walnut Creek Garden Club
Honorable William Baker
Tandra and Peter Ericson
Valerie and Harry Thurston
Judith Davis, M.D.
Honorable Tim Farley
ABOUT OUR SUSTAINABLE FARM
The CoCo San Sustainable Farm which is a project of AgLantis TM, a 501c3 non-profit.
QUADRUPLE BOTTOM LINE
The work we are doing on the CoCo San Sustainable Farm has a quadruple bottom line: Food Equity; Education and Job Training; Environmental Protection and Economic Development.
PROBLEM & PROPOSED SOLUTION:
Food insecurity has dramatically increased, with hundreds of thousands in our county needing help. We provide free sustainably grown produce to schools, the food bank, and other non-profits that feed the hungry.
We currently grow produce on 1 out of 15 acres of public buffer land using recycled, agricultural-grade water, which is otherwise discharged into the Bay. This recycled water is high in nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium and micronutrients providing free fertilizer. Hence, we use wasted resources to nearly eliminate 4 of the major costs of food production: Land, Water, Nutrients and Transportation.
HANDS-ON STEM EDUCATION & JOB TRAINING
One of the goals of the farm is to educate. Every aspect of science touches a farm such as physics, soil science, hydrology, meteorology, and nutrition. We provide hands-on opportunities to learn.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT and JOB TRAINING
Classes on the farm provide job skills training that is relevant to local businesses including hands-on STEM, safety, measurement, and the 21st Century Employability Skills needed to succeed in the workplace.
We mentor interns through the Workforce Investment Opportunity Act and other federal programs.
The environment will also benefit because we are rebuilding barren soil, planting crops that sequester carbon and clean the air and increasing the hydrologic cycle.
Nearly 1 trillion gallons of reclaimed water are discharged into the greater San Francisco Bay waterways each year. This water is high in nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium and micronutrients which are bad for the Bay, but great for agriculture, providing free fertilizer. Recycled water is approved by the State of CA for organic agriculture.
We have dramatically reduced the carbon footprint of this food by growing and delivering locally with natural fertilizer and other sustainable methods. In particular, we use regenerative agricultural methods which will increase soil organic matter and sequester carbon sequestration in our soil.
Sanitary districts in Contra Costa County discharge about 200 million gallons of water in a day into the Bay waterways. They also have about 5000 acres of buffer land. Our business model is scalable and can be replicated with other sanitary districts to utilize these precious resources and reduce hunger with healthy fresh produce.
An apple a day will not keep the doctor away.
But a salad a day might!
THANK YOU for being part of our TEAM!
Farm is located at:
5500 Imhoff Drive
Martinez, CA 94563
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Italian parsley and other sustainably grown local herbs.