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Carolyn Phinney, Ph.D. and Jeff LeRoux

ABOUT OUR SUSTAINABLE FARM​

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The CoCo San Sustainable Farm which is a project of AgLantis TM, a 501c-3 non-profit.

 

It costs $1 a day to feed a child a salad and 35 cents to feed a child pizza.


PROBLEM & PROPOSED SOLUTION: FOOD EQUITY and HEALTH
It costs $1 a day to feed a child a salad.  Most schools cannot afford that. The Contra Costa Food Bank cannot get enough fresh salad vegetables because they are highly perishable and unavailable locally.  We will be providing low cost sustainably grown produce to schools, the food bank, and the community.


We will grow produce on 15 acres of public buffer land and in a high-tech Agra Tech solar light greenhouse (144' X 42'), using recycled, agricultural-grade water, which is otherwise discharged into the Bay.  This recycled water is high in nitrogen, providing free fertilizer.  

 

Nearly 1 trillion gallons of reclaimed water are discharged into the greater San Francisco Bay waterways each year. UC Davis estimated the water shortfall in the CA Central Valley to have been 2.1 trillion gallons this past year.  We threw about half that much water away in the Bay Area alone.  This water is high in nitrogen and phosphorus which are bad for the Bay, but great for agriculture, providing free fertilizer.  Recycled water is it perfect for agriculture, certified by the State of CA for agriculture and has been used for organic produce in Monterey for more than a decade.


The Contra Costa Food Bank is a mile from our farm and will pick up the produce and use existing systems to distribute it to schools and clients, providing transportation. CSAs on the farm will provide low cost produce to the community.


Hence, we will be deploying under-utilized resources to nearly eliminate 4 of the major costs of food production: LAND, WATER, FERTILIZER, and TRANSPORTATION. 


HANDS-ON STEM EDUCATION & JOB TRAINING
One of the goals of the farm is to educate.  Every aspect of science touches a farm such as physics, soil science, hydrology, meteorology, and nutrition.  We are working with local schools and community colleges and other groups to provide students and the rest of the community hands-on opportunities to learn science, technology, engineering and math learned in an inquiry based context on the farm. 

 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
The farm will be an incubator for green jobs. We will partner with other local businesses to showcase their products and teach aspects of jobs related to these industries.


ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
The environment will also benefit because we will be rebuilding barren soil, plant crops that sequester carbon and clean the air and increase ground water.  We also reduce the major types of carbon pollution associated with food production:  FOSSIL FUEL- BASED FERTILIZER and TRANSPORT.  

 

We have dramatically reduced the carbon footprint of this food by growing and delivering locally with natural fertilizer and other sustainable methods. In particular, we will be using regenerative agricultural methods which will increase organic matter in our soil and increase carbon sequestration in our soil.


SCALABLE
Sanitary districts in San Francisco Bay Area discharge as much as a trillion gallons of water in a year into the Bay waterways.  They also have thousands of acres of buffer land.  Our business model is scalable and once proven, can be replicated with other sanitary districts to utilize these precious resources and greatly reduce nutritional poverty.

 

QUADRUPLE BOTTOM LINE

AgLantis is a California non-profit public benefit corporation,501c-3.The work we are doing on the CoCo San Sustainable Farm has a quadruple bottom line – Food Equity, Education and Job Training, Environmental Protection and Economic Development.  

 

                                    An apple a day will not keep the doctor away.

But a salad a day might!

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