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WE DID IT!
We grew 1/4 acre of produce as proof of concept last year. We harvested over 12,000 pounds of sustainably grown fresh produce, which we donated to the Contra Costa/Solano Food Bank, White Pony Express and Mount Diablo High School.
THANK YOU TO OUR MAJOR SPONSORS:
Contra Costa County Supervisors Federal Glover & Karen Mitchoff
Honorable Michael R. McGill, P.E.: MMS Design Associates
County Quarry and Chris Gray
EcoMulch and Hamilton Tree Service - Grant and Heather Hamilton
Dr. Michael Cunningham, National U.
Mike Milani, P.E.
Leigh E.Johnson, The Trial Whisperer
Judith Davis, M.D.
Oddfellows of Berkeley
Oddfellows of Pacheco
Tandra and Peter Ericson
Valerie and Harry Thurston
Honorable Tim Farley
ABOUT OUR SUSTAINABLE FARM
The CoCo San Sustainable Farm which is a project of AgLantis TM, a 501c-3 non-profit.
QUADRUPLE BOTTOM LINE
AgLantis is a California non-profit public benefit corporation,501c-3.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 EQUITY and HEALTH
Approximately 1 in 5 people in our county suffer from hunger. We will be providing low cost sustainably grown produce to schools, the food bank, and other non-profits that feed the poor.
We will grow produce on 15 acres of public buffer land and in a high-tech Agra Tech solar light greenhouse (144' X 42'), using recycled, agricultural-grade water, which is otherwise discharged into the Bay. This recycled water is high in nitrogen, providing free fertilizer.
Hence, we will be deploying under-utilized resources to nearly eliminate 4 of the major costs of food production: LAND, WATER, FERTILIZER, 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 are working with local schools and community colleges and other groups to provide students and the rest of the community hands-on opportunities to learn.
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 ground water.
Nearly 1 trillion gallons of reclaimed water are discharged into the greater San Francisco Bay waterways each year. This water is high in nitrogen and phosphorus which are bad for the Bay, but great for agriculture, providing free fertilizer. Recycled water is certified 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 will be using regenerative agricultural methods which will increase organic matter in our soil and carbon sequestration in our soil.
Sanitary districts in San Francisco Bay Area discharge as much as a trillion gallons of water in a year into the Bay waterways. They also have thousands of acres of buffer land. Our business model is scalable and once proven, can be replicated with other sanitary districts to utilize these precious resources and greatly reduce nutritional poverty.
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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