If you didn't know that there was a thriving 19-acre urban farm hiding just off Highway 101 between Madonna and Los Osos Valley Roads in SLO, you're not alone. There is no better way to get acquainted with this particular agricultural innovation than by attending the farm's first ever Harvest Festival, slated for Oct. 8 from 1 to 5 p.m. More than the hayrides, yoga, farmers' market, and cooking demos, you'll receive an even greater gift: The ability to take part in real-life harvest activities! That means picking, planting, and rubbing elbows with the farmers who serve as stewards of this lovely land, which I should note is part of the Calle Joaquin Agricultural Reserve. You'll also meet the movers and shakers behind some of SLO's brightest advocates for ag sustainability: Green SLO, Slow Money SLO, Seed Saver Exchange, Solar Cookers, and Glean SLO, to name just a few. Bet you didn't know that local chefs and artisans utilize this land to cultivate some of your favorite fall produce. Plus, the first 250 people to show up with a $5 donation will receive a handy tote to carry all those fresh crops home! The next time you're driving past this part of the freeway, remember what's growing on the other side. We must nurture green places if we want to see them flourish into the future. I'll brake for that.
Children enter for free; $5 suggested donation for adults. Δ
Hayley Thomas Cain salutes SLO City Farm. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.