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Vital Zuman Sustainable Farm

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by Cynthia Briano, Sept. 2012

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Vital Zuman Sustainable Farm

  1. 1. Allan Cunningham on Social Sustainability and a Field Trip to the Farm Cynthia Briano, 9/2012
  2. 2. The Farmers Allan Cunningham  owner  head of farm since 1995
  3. 3. The Farmer: Volunteers 1. Susan Peltola  volunteering for 20 years  friend, right hand  coordinates volunteers and field trips  shares housing  previous careers in dentistry  real estate to generate income  friend, right hand
  4. 4. The Farmers: Volunteers 2. Chris Peltola  volunteering for 14 years, since age 6  Susan’s son  20 years old
  5. 5. The Farmers: Volunteers Casamere  Voluneering for 20 years  neighbor
  6. 6. The Farmers: Volunteers Other Volunteers  daily, seasonal, one time, periodic, etc.  scheduled, not drop-in  Boys and Girls Clubs  LAUSD used to, but cut funding  now only privileged schools  Pepperdine  Long Beach College  schools in West L.A. and Topanga  Crossroads  Steiner
  7. 7. The Farmers: Volunteers Other Volunteers: (my kids, gr. 2-8)
  8. 8. The Farm: History Established 1955 family-owned property (Allan’s parents)
  9. 9. The Farm: Certification 1. Certified Organic  no chemicals, no pesticides, no chemical fertilizers in the last 10 yrs.  only mulch and compost(manure from neighboring farm)
  10. 10. The Farm: Certification Certified Organic Alternative Methods to Pesticides:Rototilling plant more! inhibits comfortable  gofers eat some, but not all environment for insects vegetables
  11. 11. The Farm: Certification Certified Organic Alternative Methods to Pesticides: alternative food for  thistle:  thorny plant birds  around pumpkins  sorghum  keeps larger animals  looks like corn  wild parrots eat it instead away of other crops
  12. 12. The Farm: Certification Certified Naturally Grown farmer-based certification program only for small farms that grow and sell produce locally open walk-about inspections “...each farm is the basis of authenticity and verification for the public.” –Allan public-verifiable
  13. 13. The Farm: Physical Parameters Location:  Malibu, off of Pacific Coast Highway  Zuma Mesa and Bonsall Canyon Size:  6 acre farm
  14. 14. The Farm: Physical Parameters  Soil:  adobe clay  rich in nitrogen  manure; aged 4 months
  15. 15. The Farm: Sustainability H20 well electric pump  300 ft deep  H20 from Bonsall Canyon  watershed at the precipice of Canyon  runs a riparian course  riparian: situated on the bank of a river  has never run dry  1000s of years of silt-rich soil need solar power source to be off the grid
  16. 16. The Farm: Wildlife Some Animals that Visit the Farm:  Cranes  Crows  Racoons  paragrin hawks  Deer  Snakes  Rabbits  Gofers  ferrets  wild parrots
  17. 17. Engaging the Community: Programs organic farming classes  8 week program  funded by city of Malibu  Wed. and Sat.  crops planted by students in class farm to school outreach internships instructive volunteer programs inner city field trips Summer Solstice Festival and Show  stage: used to hold plays and musicals  none in last 3 yrs.
  18. 18. Engaging the Community: Field Trips 25 kids, 6 adults, $10 per child tour and education help harvest tomatoes, peppers, wild greens (purslane), pumpkins, figs lunch at farm; ate food they harvested kids purchased organic produce at farm stand picture for Malibu newspaper

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