Full Circle Farm is an 11-acre organic, educational farm that will put fresh food in Santa Clara Unified School District cafeterias (where 45% qualify for free or reduced school lunch) while helping local youth experience success while they develop job and life skills through the growing, harvesting and marketing of fruit & vegetable crops. Programs being developed include a science and nutrition elective for 6-8th graders, a farm-based apprenticeship program for teenagers, a mentoring program where at-risk teens lead elementary youth in garden and nutrition workshops, and a variety of school field trip programs.
As a team, young people grow their own food, and develop critical life skills of communication, teamwork, leadership, decision-making, and problem-solving through practical, hands-on agricultural and entrepreneurial experiences. Full Circle Farm is a project of the nonprofit Sustainable Community Gardens.
Sustainable Community Gardens is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, dedicated to the renewal of local, sustainable food systems throughout Silicon Valley. Our flagship project, Full Circle Farm, provides affordable access to local, seasonal, organically-grown produce, as well as education in environmental living, sustainable agriculture, nutrition, and gardening.
In 2009 FCF grew over 40,000 pounds of “farm-fresh” produce, donated over 10,000 pounds to local food banks and shelters, supplied weekly produce to 55 CSA (community sponsored agriculture) share holders, operated an onsite year-round Farm Stand, and provided fresh vegetables to the Santa Clara Unified School District’s Children’s Lunch Program.
Hi Rose! Warm welcome to C&NN Connect. Your farm sounds wonderful. I'm glad you found us and hope you make yourself at home in discussions and groups. Our Natural Teachers Network will probably interest you, among others. We have a lot of school/community garden folks in there as well as teachers who utilize nature. I hope you'll continue to share your activities, ideas and photos with us and find this a rich source of resources. For any questions about the network, see our FAQ page. Hope to see you here again soon.