City Farm in SLO Looking for Farmers to Lease Land

Leah Masuda, KCOY Central Coast News Reporter, LeahMasuda@kcoy.com
POSTED: 03:26 PM PST Jan 03, 2014    UPDATED: 03:44 PM PST Jan 03, 2014 
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -

The first city farm in San Luis Obispo County is taking proposals for plots of land.

"We're hoping that those four acres will be a variety of different types of activities that they will be small farms and community projects where people can engage and get their hands dirty," said Jenna Smith of Central Coast Grown. 20 acres of the land is owned by the city of San Luis Obispo. It has leased it to Central Coast Grown in turn to lease it to farmers. So far one restaurant "Mama's Meatballs" has leased out 16 acres.

"If they are a farmer themselves and they want to engage with the larger farm of 16 acres than that opportunity will be here but we will also have the small scale that kids could get involved in a children’s garden," said Smith. Applicants can lease up to 2 acres of land to experiment with new methods, educate, or simply have their own private farm.

The local tourism district says the location couldn't be better, right of highway 101, to catch some eyes and possibly increase tourism. "It is like a billboard for what San Luis Obispo is all about," said Clint Pearce of the Tourism Business Improvement District. "Its locally sourced, its organic, that's what folks are looking for and that's what makes us more attractive all the time."

Central Coast Grown will be taking proposals up until February 16th. The leases are for 1-2 years.