Dear Friends & Supporters,


It has been only 16 months since The West Sacramento Urban Farm Program was born. May 9th, 2014, 5th & C Street Farms was started on a 2/3 acre city owned abandoned lot. This heavily trafficked corner in a historically under-served neighborhood in West Sacramento was transformed in three months into a fully productive urban farm. Since then, the West Sacramento Urban Farm Program has seen the rise of three additional farm sites, for total of eight separate farm-incubator businesses. All of the farms in the West Sacramento Urban Farm Program are run by beginning farmers.

The Cummins Way Farm (Cummins and Douglas), a one-acre site owned by the West Sacramento Housing Development Corporation hosts farmer Aimee Sisson of Root Cause Farm and Tim Bailey of Irish Tim's Farm. Lake Washington Farm, owned by Engstrom Properties, is 3.3 acre site on Lake Washington Blvd. is home to Fred Blum of Flowerstone Farm, Glen Baldwin of Six O'Clock Farm, and Tommy Yang of Zen Farms. Our newest site, the Food for Families Farm, is on property owned by the Washington Unified School District, and covers 2 acres behind Yolo High School. Farmers Hope Sippola and Shayne Zurilgen of Fiery Ginger Farm and Tyler Stowers of Next Door Farm will begin planting any day now.

To help bring our farmers together, the West Sac Urban Farm Program just opened its brand new Urban Farm Stand at the corner of 5th and F St in West Sacramento. It is currently open every Tuesday and Friday from 3:30-7:30 p.m. You will find anywhere from 2 - 4 vendors from any one of the urban farms in the program. The market accepts EBT and has been extremely well received by the neighborhood.

As we move into our second year of operation the sky remains the limit as we tackle the creation of our fifth farm site, located at The Barn in the The Bridge District of West Sacramento. This mixed-use development is incorporating about an acre farm site into their plans and we couldn't be more thrilled.

What else does the future hold for the West Sacramento Urban Farm Program? A Food Hub Aggregation Facility for one. This facility will not only give farmers access to much needed cold storage, but will allow our small farms to combine their harvests to create a Community Supported Agriculture Program and even sell larger quantities to institutional buyers, including school districts and hospitals.

Each and every farm created thus far has successfully served the members of their community. They feed their neighborhoods, create food security, educate the public on food production and transform an unused space into a major community asset. I encourage you to learn more about the West Sacramento Urban Farm Program, the farmers and our sponsors, by visiting our website, http://landbasedlearning.org/west-sac, or come by the Farm Stand any Tuesday or Friday afternoon. We can't wait to meet you!


With gratitude, 

Sara Bernal
West Sacramento Urban Farm Program Manager



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