When people think of Silicon Valley their minds rarely go to urban agriculture and local food, yet here in the tech capital of the world there are people and organizations leading the charge in food justice and education. We can visit community gardens, markets cooperatives and kitchens and youth training programs. Participants will learn the ways in which food justice affects communities when addressing concerns about food access, jobs, policy and education. The participants will have a unique opportunity to engage with progressive leaders who are strengthening our local foodshed.
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This former location of the Martial Cottle Family Ranch produces flavorful, local, organic crops, and is an exhibit for the latest in sustainable farming techniques and water conservation. The Santa Clara County Parks department, in partnership with Jacobs Farm, has created a resilient organic farm operation that takes fruits and vegetable and sells it from field to fork through their farmstand. Jacobs Farm will also be a center for innovation and learning about organic farming, conservation, and food production.
Veggielution is a 6-acre community farm and gathering space located in Emma Prusch Farm Park in the Mayfair neighborhood, one of the most impoverished areas in Silicon Valley. Their community farm grows over 30,000 pounds of produce every year using organic and sustainable growing practices. Over 60% of the produce they grow is distributed to our their community residents through low-cost channels, including their farm stand and donations to Veggielution volunteers and program participants. They also operate a youth education program every Saturday and have leadership development opportunities for members of their community.
Hidden Villa is a nonprofit educational organization that stretches over 1600 acres in the foothills of the Santa Cruz mountains and uses its organic farm, wilderness, and community to teach and provide opportunities to learn about the environment and social justice. Hidden Villa has almost 50,000 visitors each year, either through their formal programs or to explore their farm, gardens, or to hike on their eight miles of trails. The produce from Hidden Villa’s farm is distributed to three main outlets: 60% of the produce goes to Hidden Villa’s CSA program, 25% is given to our low-income neighbors and distributed through the Community Services Agency located in Mountain View, andt he last 15% of the produce is sold at the Los Altos Farmers Market and is used by their education programs. Hidden Villa’s meat and eggs are also sold at the Los Altos Farmer’s Market and directly off the farm.