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.

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!

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!

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 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.


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.

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 choice harvest without prejudice 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.


Dirty Hands Club

The Dirty Hands Club is open to everyone interested in special farm projects, sharing lots of farm talk over coffee, or learning more about how to run a farm.

September Meeting Cancelled
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Friends of the Farm

Become an official Friend of the Farm

by setting up a monthly donation of

any amount.

We suggest $8 per month.


If 120 people give $8 a month, we will cover 40% of our operations budget.

Meet Our

Board of Directors


Darin Laity

Darin Laity 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

Marti Kessler is 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.


Marti is a cofounder of Firstfruits Farm SLO.


Greg Jeffery

Greg  Jeffery is our newest board member, his bio is coming soon. Photo brazenly stolen from Facebook.

Greg began volunteering at the farm in 2020.


Faith Carlson

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.


Faith has been involved at the farm since 2013.


Wes Carlson

Wes Carlson is 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.

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Read Our Story

In 2011, two churches, Grace SLO and Trinity Church, came together to create Firstfruits Farm SLO as a joint farm ministry to supply first choice produce to God's Storehouse, a food pantry ministry operated by Grace Church...


Fred Kessler

Fred Kessler was the president of his own private agricultural corporation that installed, serviced, and maintained dairy farm equipment throughout the state of Montana for 35 years. He is now retired. 


Fred is a cofounder of Firstfruits Farm SLO.


Jen Smith

Jen 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.


She has been involved at the farm since 2017.

Feeding SLO

When you help at the farm, you are directly impacting the lives of hundreds of families who will receive, at no cost, fresh vegetables from food distribution sites such as God’s Storehouse, Judson Terrace, the Salvation Army, Stand Strong, the San Luis Obispo Veteran’s Center, and the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County.

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Our Contact Information

PO BOX 5157
San Luis Obispo, CA 93403

(805) 556-8362


Firstfruits Farm SLO

Firstfruits Farm SLO is a 501(c)(3)

Non-Profit Tax ID 84-3220046