First off, thank you for your patience on the rewards. It took longer than expected, but hopefully everyone has received them (notwithstanding a few exceptions I am working with personally). More importantly though...
This just in... I have held back until it was official, but we now have a signed land use agreement for a 1-acre vacant lot in downtown San Jose!!!
From the bottom of my heart, thank you all for your support, encouragement, and inspiration leading up to this historical moment. I am totally floored, and just plain giddy with excitement. WOW!
Now the real work begins, and we will be starting an aggressive fundraising campaign to get the remaining funds needed to build the farm later this summer/early fall. If you have any friends in high places, know of any foundations or grants that align with our mission of building a local food system, etc., please contact me.
- just completed a 3 week effort to harvest loquats, cherries, and apricots that we donated for a special edition beer with the Almanac Beer Company. They will be putting us on the bottle and holding a fundraiser dinner during SF beer week sometime around February
- we are working with the City of San Jose and multiple local organizations on amending the zoning ordinance to facilitate the creation of more urban farms.
More to come!!! Thank you for everything.
p.s. i have never signed off XOXO on any letter/email/communication in my life. THATS HOW EXCITED I AM!!!