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WE DID IT!
We have built 1/4 acre of planting beds, installed irrigation, hooked up the recycled water, planted seed and IT WORKED! Volunteers have already harvested over 5000 pounds of sustainably grown fresh produce, which we donated to the Contra Costa/Solano Food Bank and Mount Diablo High School.
THANK YOU TO OUR MAJOR SPONSORS:
Contra Costa County Supervisors Federal Glover & Karen Mitchoff
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
Honorable Michael R. McGill, P.E.
Judith Davis, M.D.
Oddfellows of Berkeley
Oddfellows of Pacheco
Tandra and Peter Ericson
Valerie and Harry Thurston
Honorable Tim Farley
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ABOUT OUR SUSTAINABLE FARM
The CoCo San Sustainable Farm which is a project of AgLantis TM, a 501c-3 non-profit.
It costs $1 a day to feed a child a salad and 35 cents to feed a child pizza.
PROBLEM & PROPOSED SOLUTION: FOOD EQUITY and HEALTH
It costs $1 a day to feed a child a salad. Most schools cannot afford that. The Contra Costa Food Bank cannot get enough fresh salad vegetables because they are highly perishable and unavailable locally. We will be providing low cost sustainably grown produce to schools, the food bank, and the community.
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.
Nearly 1 trillion gallons of reclaimed water are discharged into the greater San Francisco Bay waterways each year. UC Davis estimated the water shortfall in the CA Central Valley to have been 2.1 trillion gallons this past year. We threw about half that much water away in the Bay Area alone. This water is high in nitrogen and phosphorus which are bad for the Bay, but great for agriculture, providing free fertilizer. Recycled water is it perfect for agriculture, certified by the State of CA for agriculture and has been used for organic produce in Monterey for more than a decade.
The Contra Costa Food Bank is a mile from our farm and will pick up the produce and use existing systems to distribute it to schools and clients, providing transportation. CSAs on the farm will provide low cost produce to the community.
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 science, technology, engineering and math learned in an inquiry based context on the farm.
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 such as developing: an Analysis/Solution Mindset; Communication Skills; Self-Awareness; Digital Fluency; Collaboration Skills; Adaptability; Empathy; Entrepreneurial Frame of Mind; Social Diversity Awareness and Resilience.
The environment will also benefit because we will be rebuilding barren soil, plant crops that sequester carbon and clean the air and increase ground water. We also reduce the major types of carbon pollution associated with food production: FOSSIL FUEL- BASED FERTILIZER and TRANSPORT.
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.
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.
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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