LSA’s CITP participants had the honor of working at the Costanoa Commons farm this month in the Santa Cruz mountains. Volunteers were able to help in the harvest of fresh vegetables and flowers, create stunning arrangements in preparation for sale and assist with various tasks around the farm including compositing and laying ground covers. It was an incredible experience for everyone!
The Costanoa Commons farm originated from a group of families and friends wanting to create a community where people of all abilities could share in everyday life. Understanding the importance of fostering friendships, independence and creating opportunities for their children with disabilities, they established an urban farm to provide a meaningful place for people with and without developmental disabilities from the surrounding community to work, volunteer and socialize.
“Our community farm will offer farming skills training, employment, volunteer work, and recreation on a roughly four-acre organic farm, where high-quality food will be grown year-round. The farm will include aquaponics, the farming of plants and fish in a symbiotic system so that wheelchair users also can farm. We envision Costanoa Commons Farm as a sustainable social enterprise, where farm products are sold to local chefs and restaurants, at our farm stand, and through our CSA and contributed to local food banks. Eco-friendly features will be incorporated into all of our development.”
The farm is located in the beautiful Santa Cruz Mountains at 335 Golf Club Drive. Be sure to check out their Facebook page for more information https://www.facebook.com/costanoacommons/