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WELCOME TO

THE FAMILY HARVEST FARM!






Organic, sustainably raised produce and flowers supporting Foster Care young adults.

MEET THE ORGANIZERS

Jack Cortis

Jack had the honor of joining the Board of JMLT in January, 2018. Jack’s experience includes prior board positions at United Way of King County (Seattle), Commonwealth Club of California, Seattle Repertory Theatre, and American Conservatory Theatre (San Francisco), where he was Board Chair from 2007-2010.  He is a former President of Master Gardeners of Contra Costa County.  Jack's 40+ year business career includes his serving as Regional President of a national financial services firm in both San Francisco and Seattle. 

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Kim Overaa

Kim is a native resident of Contra Costa County with corporate experience at Xerox and in retained corporate search. She currently serves on the boards of Sustainable Lafayette and The Lafayette Community Garden and Outdoor Learning Center. She has been a Contra Costa County Master Gardener since 2005. She is a past member of the board of The Gardens at Heather Farms. A trail runner and lover of the outdoors, she recently completed the St. James Route of the Camino de Santiago.

WHAT'S HAPPENING: THE LATEST NEWS

Podcast: Lamorinda Sunrise working with Family Harvest Farm to make a dream a reality.

Listen to Kim Overaa share her thought on the "You Are Doing What?" podcast with Mark Cohen.

The Dream Becomes a Reality

Dear Friends, 

We are pleased to announce that the infrastructure projects at FHF are moving towards making the farm a reality. The perimeter fence and the rodent barrier are in place, the water supply is hooked up, and the foundation for the greenhouse has been built. The best news is that apprentices are working on site and crops are in the ground. All the hard work is paying off but there are still lots of enjoyable projects to become involved in to bring our dreams to fruition. Rotary is involved in building the greenhouse, installing the irrigation for the planting beds, and building the circular planter at the entrance to the farm. 

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Mary Cherry Named Farm Manager



Hello, my name is Mary Cherry I am the farm manager at Family Harvest Farm. Being a part of a project like this has been a dream of mine for quite some time now. I am a former foster youth who has aged out of the system, so I know first hand how important a project like this can be to the youth we will be serving. I have eight years of farming experience working at the Homeless Garden Project for three years and Old House Farm for five. I was also at CASA in Santa Cruz County from 2013-2017. Through that time, I advocated for two foster youth.

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Mary's 1/2 Acre



Look! There is an Spermophilus Beecheyi in my garden! Isn't it cute? Not really. The California ground squirrel is no friend of agriculture. This ubiquitous rodent digs deep burrows, loves cultivated crops, and eats insects, roots, and nuts. It lives alongside ground-dwelling owls and rattlesnakes and is no friend of FHF. The fence and rodent barrier should keep these pests on their side of the fence.

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Can't Have a Farm Without a Truck!


Trucks are an essential part of any farm operation and FHF is no exception. We are in the beginning stages of operation and have received a Ford 250, donated to the farm by Overaa Construction and refurbished by D&H Enterprises at no cost under another Rotary 501(c)(3) charity. Add the signage to the truck doors and we are good to get working! 

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Storage Facility


The first structure at the farm site is in place and in use. Such a storage unit allows the farm to securely store equipment onsite until the perimeter fence is built. This will allow for delivery of the greenhouse parts. Thanks to the Rotary clubs of Pittsburg, Antioch, Clayton Valley, Rossmoor, Delta Club, Concord, Moraga and Lamorinda Sunrise, the first portion of Rotary's contribution is making Family Harvest Farm a reality. 

LIFE AROUND FAMILY HARVEST FARM

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OUR CONTRIBUTORS

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Rotary Club of Lamorinda Sunrise


The Rotary Club of Lamorinda Sunrise has been serving the community for 30 years. Rotary is committed to making the world we live in a better place to live. We combine service with fellowship and friendship. 

"Service Above Self"

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John Muir Land Trust


John Muir Land Trust believes that the vitality of our open spaces is essential to the health of our earth, air, and water, along with that of our native plants, animals, and communities. Our goal is to ensure that the beauty, diversity, and fullness of our wild lands continue to enrich and sustain all generations of life.


We acquire, protect, and steward these diminishing lands, and we foster environmental awareness so that each person understands the need to preserve our natural heritage. We work for a healthful future, one in which wild lands and all who depend on them will flourish.