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Regenerative Farm-to-School Field Day: Farro, Nude Oats, Teff, Oh My!

February 27, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm

Join us for a day exploring how regenerative local farming is being grown and featured in San Luis Obispo region schools on this roving, multi-location field day. Explore a unique public private partnership with farmers at SLO City Farm, a Farm to School lunch and Central Kitchen tour at Laguna Middle School, and end the day learning about Organic Ancient Grain production from a mechanical engineer-turned-farmer at Kandarian Organic Farms in Los Osos. This tour is sure to offer some of California’s most unique, innovative farming practices and systems and the practitioners bringing them to students.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Participants will be expected to drive themselves and carpooling options will be coordinated in advance. Attendees may join for any or all stops of this tour, but either way RSVP is required. 
10 – 11:30am          Meet at City Farm (1221 Calle Joaquin, SLO)
Noon – 1:00pm       Laguna Middle School for farm-to-school lunch. Tour of the garden and central kitchen: 11050 Los Osos Valley Rd, San Luis Obispo, CA
1:20 – 2:30 pm        Tour at Kandarian Organic Farms: 1288 2nd St., Baywood, Los Osos, CA


City Farm San Luis Obispo is a 17-acre property surrounded by urban development, owned by the City, and managed by a non-profit under the terms of a twenty-year lease, now in its sixth year. Tour includes visits to four subtenant parcels, leased by independent organic farmers who sell to local restaurants, markets and the school district, irrigation installation half-powered by solar array, educational gardens and field kitchen which are the site of academic credit class for Continuation High School students, program for developmentally disabled young adults, regular elementary school field trips, workdays and seasonal festivals catering to the general public, and experiments with permaculture, no-till husbandry, and carbon farming.

Kandarian Farms connects people to the land through real food produced on a small, but mighty farm on the Central Coast of California. At Kandarian, they select crops for their benefit to the earth and for their nutritional, cultural and culinary value to humans. They grow plants, herbs and grains that tell rich stories. Larry Kandarian has been farming for over 25 years. From mechanical engineering to the flower seed business to sustainable, organic, Earth-friendly farming, he has an astonishing wealth of knowledge and is a passionate steward of the land.


This training is a pre-conference special event leading up to the 32nd annual California Small Farm Conference. To learn more about the full conference, taking place the following days, Feb 28 and 29, please visit



February 27, 2020
10:00 am - 2:30 pm


City Farm San Luis Obispo
1221 Calle Joaquin
San Luis Obispo, California 93405 United States
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