The Community Alliance with Family Farmers and Farmers Guild hosted a daylong tour of three facilities around the City of San Luis Obispo on Thursday.
Young farmers and their family members had a chance to have an in-depth look at how local farming works.
The tour consisted of a visit to City Farm SLO, a tour of four different parcels, and a tour at Kandarian Farms.
City Farm SLO is a 19-acre parcel of class-one irrigated farmland located along Highway 101 between the Madonna Shopping Center and Los Osos Valley Road, adjacent to the 140-acre San Luis Ranch.
At SLO City Farm participants took part in educational gardens and field kitchen serving classes. The four parcels toured at the farm are leased by independent organic farmers who sell to local restaurants, markets and the school district.
The day concluded with a tour at Kandarian Farms. This farm prides itself in connecting people to the land through real food that is produced on a small farm on the Central Coast.
This program provided hands on experience in agricultural activities that deepen what they learn about biology, ecology, and nutrition in the classroom by meeting farmers and working the land themselves.
This training is a pre-conference special event leading up to the 32nd annual California Small Farm Conference. To learn more about that conference, visit this website.