May 06, 2016 at CUESA & The Ferry Plaza Farmers Market in San Francisco.
Sunol AgPark is located just 30 miles south of Oakland, on prime farmland owned by the SF Public Utilities Commission. In 2006, SAGE, which is run by Sibella Kraus, the founder of CUESA and the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, entered into an historic partnership with the SFPUC to create a thriving urban-edge farm, home to eight small-scale organic farming enterprises that produce delicious fresh food for diverse Bay Area communities.
First we’ll meet with Roger Kubalek, one of the farmer-educators at Sunol AgPark to learn more about the dynamic programs that SAGE runs at the farm. We’ll have the chance to contribute to the health of the farm with a some light work. Since we’re pretty sure you’ll be inspired to do a little farming yourself after this visit, Roger will have organic plant starts available for sale: tomatoes, basil and peppers.
We’ll join Joanna Letz at Bluma Farm, and hear how and why she decided to become a “slow flower” farmer. Flowers are an integral part of our ecological system, especially to support our diverse populations of pollinators and insects, and Bluma is preserving biodiversity by growing over 60 varieties of plants. Joanna will be selling her beautiful flowers at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market starting in June.
After a delicious al fresco lunch (including a local beer, if you’re over 21), we’ll meet Kristyn Leach for a tour of Namu farm and find out how she transitioned from being a line cook at Camino to being a full-time farm-partner with the Lee brothers of Namu Gaji, a very popular restaurant in the market, and a seed trials partner with Kitizawa seed company, growing specialty Asian crops.
Tickets include round-trip transportation from the Ferry Building in a comfortable bus and a delicious lunch featuring seasonal produce from Namu Farm.