Our Mission

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Caring for the earth and our neighbors by organically farming and freely giving fruits and vegetables to people experiencing food insecurity in San Luis Obispo County, California.
Returning Volunteer? Click that full Calendar button to see events & sign up! New volunteer, keep reading! Then click.
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Team work is how we get things done at the Farm and we've got plenty of teams for you to join! Each team operates under the Farm Operations Team and each team leader coordinates projects under the direction of the Farm Liaison, Kathy Keil.
Seed Team Captain: Marti Kessler
Weeding Team Captain:  Recruiting
Farm Care Captain: Paul Shackelford
Harvest Team Captain: Wes Carlson
Special Projects Captain: Fred Kessler
There's no formal membership requirements other than an open heart and willing hands.  Just sign-up for an event and join the team!
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2022 Harvest Totals

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Veggie Field = 2204.0 lbs

Orchard =   274.3 lbs

Total = 2,478.3 lbs
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Who We Are

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We are a faith-based, volunteer-run, nonprofit farm inspired by Christ’s profound love for humankind to practice compassion without exception. We do this by offering our first-choice harvest without prejudice or condition to all local community members experiencing food insecurity.

Farm Teams

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Pillars of Operation

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Planting Hope

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In a world divided by clan, creed, practice, status, and politics, Firstfruits Farm SLO is committed to acting justly, loving mercy, and walking humbly with The Creator. We foster partnerships between churches, community organizations, and individuals. We seek to be an intersection for our community.
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Growing Generosity

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From seed to harvest, we cultivate our crops through volunteer-run activities, welcoming all ages and skill levels. Each farm event starts with instructions, and we have training videos on our Youtube channel. Everyone is welcome to use their capabilities to love their neighbors as themselves.
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Honoring Dignity

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We believe that every person bears the image of The Creator and is endowed with inherent worthiness. We understand many of our worthy neighbors lack access to fresh & nutritious food; so, we donate all harvests to our distribution partners who serve individuals and families experiencing food insecurity.
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Find and Follow Us on Social Media

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YouTube

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Keep up with all the happenings at the Farm and orchard!
If you have any questions or want to schedule a group for a team building experience at the farm, e-mail us.

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Board of Directors

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Keeping the organization on mission is the primary responsibility of the board of directors. This looks different in every nonprofit, and at the farm it means that members meet once per month to review what's going on in their area of responsibility and make sure that all farm activities and actions are in accordance with the Mission Statement and the Pillars of Operation.

Board members may serve up to two terms of two years per role. There are 7 board positions for the 2022-2024 term. Board members receive no financial or material compensation for their service.

President

Jen
Smith

Vice President

Wes Carlson

Secretary

Dinora Escalera Delgado

Executive Director

Paul Shackelford

Farm Liaison

Kathleen Keil

Treasurer

Kyle
Madel

Communications

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Jen
DeClark