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The Farm

Though still a fairly new concept, STEAM-based (Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture & Math) educational exhibition farms are already thriving thanks to innovative organizations throughout the state. Now, the Alameda County Fair Foundation is working to bring this extraordinary community resource to the Bay Area.

From solar-powered milking parlors and greenhouse gardens to high-tech beehives, the program will offer kids a hands-on, Mother Nature-meets-cutting-edge-technology, farm-to-table experience. With a focus on health, they will learn all about the foods they eat and the amazing scientific innovations that make feeding and clothing an ever-growing population possible.

The Farm plans to offer experiential tours for school groups from all over Alameda County and beyond, on a twice-daily basis throughout the year. Expert volunteers from docent groups comprised of master gardeners, local fruit growers, cattle ranchers and various agri-businesses will be on hand to teach and guide young visitors through the program.

Educational

Educational Subjects

  • Agriculture history
  • Agriculture technology (agtech)
  • Animal science
  • Engineering & innovation
  • Health & nutrition
  • Applied mathematics
  • Plant science
  • Renewable energy
  • Water conservation & sustainability
  • Weather
Living

Living Features

  • High-tech “flow” beehives
  • Milking parlor & resident dairy cows
  • Hen house & hatchery
  • Animal birthing barn
  • Horse paddock
  • Fruit orchard & vineyard
  • Seasonal crops such as corn & pumpkins
  • Perennial crops such as asparagus & artichokes
  • Floral gardens
  • Composting lab
House

Structural & Technological Features

  • Education center
  • Large, outdoor covered pavilion with picnic tables
  • Indoor classroom kitchen
  • Outdoor kitchen & dining area (for private events & catering)
  • Nursery greenhouse
  • Renewable energy sources (solar panels/wind generators)

The Farm: Conceptual Plan

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Nearly two acres of land has already been dedicated for this project. The goal now is to raise the money needed to build. Fundraising efforts will focus on the following areas:

  • GRANTS
  • DONATIONS
  • IN-KIND DONATIONS
  • INDUSTRY PARTNERSHIPS
  • SPONSORSHIP & NAMING RIGHTS

We’re building a Farm! A state of the art urban farm. Right here on the grounds.

Orchard

When you google the word “farm” you are immediately transported back in time to open space, red and white barns and the reliable green tractor in the field. And while this is a huge part of our Agricultural footprint the landscape of modern day farming is changing – in the best way!

I want you to imagine a real, working, state-of-the art urban farm where curious young minds can experience the wonder of modern-day farming through sight, sound, taste & touch. Through STEAM-based (Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture & Math) educational exhibits and classrooms, school groups from all over Alameda County will be able to come in for experiential tours. Farming is no longer stereotyped by a man and his pitchfork. Modern day farming involves, robots, engineers, drones, water conservation, weather studies, renewable energy sources, applied mathematics, health, nutrition, animal husbandry, plant science and so much more…and The Farm plans to have it all!

Mobile Farming

We are so excited about this project. While showcasing modern technologies and processes we will also be teaching about the history of agriculture in Alameda County. Agriculture has been a huge part of Alameda County since the 1800’s. At The Farm, students will learn about the industry, where their food comes from, have some hands on experiences and see where a career in Agriculture can take them.

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