Plant Your Own Farm
Agrihood’s urban farm is a revolutionary homage to Santa Clara’s agricultural past. Located on the former UC Davis agricultural research and development site known as the Bay Area Research and Extension Center (BAREC), the acre-and-a-half of farm land and open space will provide healthy sustenance and new outdoor recreational resources to residents and neighbors alike.
The agricultural spaces are expected to be productive soon after residents arrive. Preparation and cultivation of the land will begin shortly after the project’s approval, with delivery of hyper-local fruits, veggies, herbs, and nuts soon to follow!
Three rotations of food crops are expected per year. The farm will utilize organic and regenerative methods to obtain maximum yields while maintaining sustainable practices. Pesticides will be avoided by planting native hedgerows to enhance pollination and manage damaging insects. Composting and vermicomposting programs will provide nutrients and pathogen protection to the soils and plants.
Five categories of potential crops include:
- Comfort foods: tomatoes, zucchini, romaine lettuce, eggplant, onions, and sweet potatoes
- Superfoods: kale, parsley, collard greens, and chard
- Native foods: quailbush, strawberries, yerba buena, watercress, prickly pear, huckleberries, elderberries, and chia
- Perennials: citrus trees, dwarf apple, pear, plum, apricot, almond and nectarine. Additionally, avocados, walnut and persimmons are being considered. Berry vines and grapes for wine will cover fences, arbors and trellises. Other perennials that may include sorrel, New Zealand spinach, golden berries, chives, chayote, malabar spinach, and sunchokes.
- Drought tolerant plantings: olives, millet, sorghum, arugula, African basil, okra, cowpeas, and mesquite.
Food plants (as opposed to larger crops) will be grown throughout the property, not only in the farm plot. All available land will be cultivated as food forests, productive meadows and vertical farms to increase biodiversity, overall yield, and available habitat for native birds and insects.
Core is exploring partnerships with local non-profits and schools to work the land and manage educational and research programs. If you have a partnership or program idea, please tell us more!
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