A baker's dozen of volunteers from Lamorinda Sunrise toiled for hours one recent Saturday at Family Harvest Farm (FHF), a working farm located in Pittsburg, Calif., and operated as a program sponsored by the John Muir Land Trust (JMLT). The volunteers' collective task was to move by dint of wheelbarrow mountains of dumped mulch to cover furrowed irrigation lines.
Lamorinda Sunrise was the first nonprofit to officially partner with FHF.
FHF, approaching its one-year anniversary, employs youths aged 18 to 24 who have transitioned out of foster care. The intent is to employ these youth at the farm, where they will experience a healing environment, gain job skills in the agricultural and food industries, develop skills needed to succeed in the world, and receive wages, wellness benefits, and a modest stipend from the state government. The farm practices sustainable, organic agricultural techniques and is designed to provide healthy nutrition to a designated "food ghetto."
FHF's 3.5-acre site, just north of Hwy. 4, is leased by JMLT from PG&E, which owns the property.
Lamorinda Sunrise will continue its support of FHF, with more projects under development.