Planting Hope

Growing Generosity

Honoring Dignity

Our Mission

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.

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Who We Are

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 our first-choice harvest without question or condition to all local community members experiencing food insecurity.

Planting Hope

In a world easily divided by clan, creed, practice, status, and politics, Firstfruits Farm SLO is committed to acting Justly, loving mercy, and walking humbly with The Creator through fostering ongoing partnerships between churches, community organizations, and individuals; in this way, we seek to be an intersection for our community.

Growing Generosity

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.

Honoring Dignity

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.

Farm Events

There's almost always something going on at the farm, We have farm care days and harvest days, and sometimes they are the same day at different times!

Families welcome!

Bring a full water bottle, gloves, a hat, sunglasses, sturdy shoes, sunscreen, a full water bottle, and your smile. Seriously folks, stay hydrated out there!

If this is your first time volunteering, you will be directed by the work-day leader to complete a volunteer registration packet prior to beginning work at the farm or orchard. Parents may add their children's names to their forms. You may review our terms of participation and liability waiver on line before your event, but for now paper forms must be signed in person at the event.

The farm is located at 173 Buckley Road in San Luis Obispo. Our field is behind the office for Thousand Hills Pet Resort.  Please drive slowly through the parking lot, follow the signs, and carpool if you can.

Sign up for our weekday farm care events. Play in the dirt and learn about farming. Topics covered include, weeding, fertilizing, and watering!

We harvest on Tuesday mornings and Friday evenings. Come on out and get that food out of the field and prepped for delivery!

 If your extended family, company, club, civic organization, or church would like to do some team building, contact us!

We take safety seriously at the farm and are adhering to all local ordinances as well as nonprofit best practices. Read our full policy.

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Darin Laity

President

Currently serves as the Superintendent of Operations - 148th Space Operations Squadron. He formerly owned and operated a private farm. Darin is a cofounder of Firstfruits Farm SLO.

Marti Kessler

Farm Liaison

A retired San Luis Obispo teacher. Marti is passionate about gardening and caring for people. She has experience serving in different community organizations and is certified in produce safety. Martha is a cofounder of Firstfruits Farm SLO.

Faith Carlson

Executive Director

Faith Carlson is a registered ASW with the Board of Behavioral Sciences. She has served seniors and the homeless population in San Luis Obispo County for eight years. Faith provides management and community program development experience.

Wes Carlson

Secretary

A Financial Advisor with Edward Jones Investments who has served clients in San Luis Obispo County for eight years. He has sat on multiple non-profit boards and provides community organization experience. He has been involved with Firstfruits Farm SLO since 2013.

Fred Kessler

Treasurer

A retired agricultural business owner. Fred was the president of his private corporation that installed, serviced and maintained dairy farm equipment throughout the state of Montana for 35 years. He is a cofounder of Firstfruits Farm SLO.

Communications

Jen Smith

Jennifer Smith is the Senior Business Intelligence Strategist for The Parable Group in San Luis Obispo City. She provides experience with digital media, digital design, & communication management.