But look closely, beyond the chips and wafers that now grow in the Santa Clara Valley, and you’ll still find a few, including the inspiring Full Circle Farm, an 11-acre, organic, educational farm designed to supply fresh produce to Santa Clara Unified School District cafeterias.
Last year, the farm grew more than 40,000 pounds of fruits and veggies, 10,000 pounds of which were donated to local food banks and shelters. The farm also supplied weekly produce to 55 community sponsored agriculture share holders and operated a year-round farm stand on its grounds. Moreover, it provided fresh vegetables to the school district’s children’s lunch program, where nearly half the students qualify for free or reduced-price meals.
The farm has helped kids learn about growing, harvesting and marketing their crops. A science and nutrition program, a teen apprenticeship program, and a mentoring program for at-risk teens also are in the works.
On Sept. 23, you can enjoy a gourmet dinner on the farm, and help ensure its future.
The “Fall Harvest Feast,” a benefit to celebrate the third anniversary of the farm, will feature farm-fresh produce in a dinner prepared by Chef Michael Miller, executive chef of the Silicon Valley Capital Club in San Jose and former owner of Trevese restaurant in Los Gatos.
The evening will begin with a champagne reception at Raynor Park, followed by dinner on the farm, which will include braised ribs, chicken with plum sauce, citrus prawns, sage polenta, almond cake and chocolate truffles. Guests also will get a chance to bid on silent auction items that include private wine tastings, dinners and even a ride in a Tesla.
Be sure to wear comfy shoes, too, so you can enjoy a moonlit tour of the farm.
Tickets are $85 per person.