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San Luis Obispo
City Farm SLO empowers the next generation of farmers
 Prospering through sustainable agriculture and farm based education
Visitors to the Central Coast come here to bask on the beaches many not realizing that this is primarily an agricultural region. One way to discover more about farming and how it contrib- utes to the lifestyles enjoyed here
is to take a tour of City Farm San Luis Obispo. You will discover how tenant farming works and how area youth are incorporated into an agri- cultural program.
When 180 acres of prime farm- land came available in 1994 the City of San Luis Obispo looked for ways to continue supporting agriculture in the area. Several organizations and the public came together and out of that came Central Coast Grown (CCG), which took over
the site and in 2019 and rebranded the project as City Farm San Luis Obispo.
The mission of the City Farm is to “empower the next generation to live healthier, more prosperous lives through sustainable agriculture and farm-based education.” The mission includes outreach to give the public a better understanding of how important regenerative and sustain- able agriculture is for everyone.
What is tenant farming?
The City Farm SLO subleases parcels of land to small indepen- dent organic farmers and supplies
a state-of-the-art irrigation system, road maintenance, weed abatement, and drainage swales. The project assists the farmers with electricity billing, security, regulatory report- ing, and marketing promotion. Visitors tour different farms and have an opportunity to hear the farmers’ stories.
The farmers share technical assistance and marketing oppor- tunities with City Farm SLO. The
farmers also supply fresh organic produce to area farmer’s markets, restaurants, SLO Food Coop, SLO
Veg, and San Luis Coastal Unified School District’s Food Service.
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