The Farm project started a year ago, and on Oct. 3 the ribbon was officially cut on the area's first educational community farm.
The one-acre farm at Ocean Knoll elementary is a living classroom space.
During school hours, students will be educated in many areas of academics and global issues while growing food organically for all nine EUSD schools and for the neighborhood food pantry. After school and on weekends, the Ocean Knoll Educational Farm will serve as a community space, supporting agricultural, environmental and health education for children and adults.
The Farm will function as a North County Coastal demonstration area for gardening and composting. As part of this neighborhood beautification project, the Farm will boast a food forrest around its perimeter to ensure seasonal access to healthy food for underserved neighbors.
The Farm features beds of fresh produce like peppers, a recycled bottle greenhouse, chicken coop, and nature-made playing areas for the children.
Ocean Knoll is located at 910 Melba Road. The Farm is behind the school on Bonita Drive.
Mim Michelove with Healthy Day Partners spearheaded the project working with the Encinitas School District, the City of Encinitas, the county, Jimbo's, and other community partners.
The community can help keep the project sustainable and assist in raising money to hire a farmer by donating to the OK Farm project online at healthydaypartners.org.