CSF School Garden & Farm Programs are directly integrated into local public school systems so that students experience them as living classrooms to learn all required curriculum including Math, Science and English as well as Nutrition, Ecology and Stewardship.
CSF project sites are strategically chosen to suit our multi-functional goals so that we can get the most out of a single parcel of land while amplifying the benefits to the local community. We choose small parcels of under-supported public park land adjacent to schools and communities to site our projects. This optimizes the overall activity and success of the garden as well as optimizing the scope of community reach and benefit. School gardens tend to struggle during summer vacation when community gardens are most active. Paring the two gives the garden the care and the attention it needs throughout the year. And it also gets neighbors of all ages out in the garden together to have fun and grow beautiful tasty food!
The Larkfield Community Garden
Our flagship project is located in Larkfield-Wikiup (near Santa Rosa, California). It took several years of unwavering determination to finally get access to public land and our vision but it was well worth it! This demonstration farm and garden is intended to teach/show local residents how to grow food in Sonoma County. Activities in the garden connect schools in the Mark West Union School District and the Mark West Little League with Sonoma County Regional Parks and Recreation, the Santa Rosa Original Certified Farmers Market, and many other local businesses and residents.
This project raises awareness of the practices and methods of local market farming, while also offering students and members of the local community an opportunity to understand how organic food is grown. Subsequent yields from the farm will be offered at a farm stand or donated to a local food bank. Our vision is to have kids and families operating a farm stand adjacent to the Little League snack shack, and we are also interested in setting up a stand once a week at The Santa Rosa Original Certified Farmers Market at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts. All donations made to the farm stand will go back to the Larkfield Community Garden Project to fund tools, seeds and curriculum development.
The Larkfield Community Garden Project is an outdoor classroom, facilitated by local farmers in collaboration with Community Soil Foundation’s Garden Coordinator and faculty from schools in the Mark West Union School District. The curriculum emphasizes protection of natural resource and environmental education in the realm of small-scale organic farming and habitat restoration. Additionally, this project hosts educational volunteer days to the public, as well as volunteer days for school kids and Little League teams. These hours can also satisfy community service hours for students.
This is a truly community-operated garden and thrives the steady participation of volunteers.
We hope to see you there!!