About The Farm
The Farm has been operating under Santa Clara Unified School District since August 2017. The Farm has harvested over 35,000 pounds of produce that has been served in Santa Clara Unified Cafeterias. We have harvested and served rainbow carrots, fava beans, red romaine lettuce, cabbage,kale, snap peas, radishes, blood oranges, nectarines, apricots, eggplant, squash, tomatoes, basil, and cilantro. Nutrition Services also uses the farm produce for Nutrition Education in the cafeteria. For example, the kale that was harvested was made into kale chips and sampled with the students. They loved it!
Over the past ten years, a nonprofit called Sustainable Community Gardens (SCG) had been running a farm program called Full Circle Farm on a portion of the fields at Peterson Middle School. When the lease came to its conclusion in July 2017, the District's needs had changed since the lease was initiated. Given our current challenges and needs, our ambitious strategic plan, and shifts in California educational standards, the SCUSD decided to take on the management of the property and educational farm program in order to further expand the opportunities available for District students after the SCG lease expired.
We look forward to building upon the work of SCG and the community and we are enthusiastic about this next phase and all that is possible for the students of Santa Clara Unified. There are many opportunities for the educational programming at this site and we look forward to involving the community. The community has been highly involved in the SCG program and has a vested interest in this next phase of District programming at this site.
On June 1, 2017, we hosted a community information and feedback session, called a Community Conversation. There were more than 80 people in attendance at the meeting, including community members, parents, and students. Attendees heard about the past, present, and the future for the 11-acre site. Following the presentation, attendees took part in small group discussions around four topics: educational vision, volunteer opportunities, community accessibility, and community and business partnerships. Feedback from the community has been and will be used by the farm planning team and educational services staff as planning for the immediate, interim, and long-term programs progress.
On September 21, 2017, the SCUSD hosted the second event in our series of Community Conversations. Attendees learned about the District's vision for the farm and concepts surrounding our long-term goals. Everyone was offered the opportunity to provide input on partnerships, volunteer opportunities, the farm-to-school and educational programs, and community accessibility.