November 2, 2017
Subject: Do you want a Community Farm in the Bernal Park?
An updated Bernal Property Phase II plan will be presented at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 9 at the Pleasanton Parks and Recreation Commission meeting in the City Council Chambers, 200 Old Bernal Avenue to include discussions on a Community Farm. The City must hear from you. Do you want a Community Farm on the Bernal Park? Yes or No and Why?
Attend the November 9 meeting or send your comments and questions to:
Background: In 2008 Pleasanton voters approved the Bernal Property Phase II Specific Plan for developing a community farm. The community farm would serve local and regional organizations to enhance youth and educational activities in areas of farming and agriculture. In March 2017 the City Council approved funds to develop a Master Plan for the land set aside for community farming and agriculture. (Two parcels of land at the south end of the Phase II Bernal Park Plan, one on each side of I-680.)
Organizations that have expressed an interest in participating at the site are: University of California Alameda County Master Gardeners* for an educational garden, the Alameda County 4-H Club, the Pleasanton Community Services Department for a community garden with small plots for citizen gardeners, and commercial grower operators for fruit trees and row crops. The Tri-Valley Conservancy Group has also expressed an interest in the property.
*The Master Gardeners of Alameda County program was established in 1981 as the link between the University of California's research and the home gardener. Master Gardeners provide educational programs to the community about best practices for gardening activities including environmentally friendly gardening practices, home food production, water conservation, composting, pollinators, and more. They are excited for the opportunity to serve the Pleasanton community and the enthusiasm within their organization is high. Volunteers are ready, waiting and anxious to get started. They look forward to working with the City of Pleasanton and the community on this exciting iconic project.
Kelly Cousins, President
Sandy Yamaoda, Secretary
Al Exner, Treasurer
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