Farm on Putah Creek
Free Spirit Farm
In 2008, the Farm on Putah Creek also became the base of operations for Free Spirit Farm and its farmer, Toby Hastings. In a creative partnership, the Center for Land-Based Learning leases land and infrastructure to Free Spirit Farm to grow produce and flowers for a 40-member CSA and over 40 restaurants in San Francisco. In exchange for a small rental fee, Free Spirit Farm provides produce for FARMS and SLEWS field days, and the Farm (and Toby) is available for educational tours and workshops for GreenCorps and other groups who visit the Farm on Putah Creek.
Now in his 6th year, Toby has approximately 6 acres of vegetables, fruits and berries in production. Toby now farms alongside California Farm Academy "incubator farmers" and assists them with cropping plans, pest management, marketing, and general crop production methods. Toby Hastings was named one of Zagat's "30 Under 30: SF Bay Area's Food-World Up-and-Comers of 2013".