Loma Vista Farm

Growing healthy citizens in Vallejo

Who wants to go to Loma Vista Farm?

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We're excited to tell you about Loma Vista Farm in Vallejo, a five-acre outdoor classroom that is integral to the learning of every single student at the Loma Vista Environmental Science Academy, a public K-8 school.

“We are working together to build healthier kids,” said principal Britt Hammon. "We do more than teach about managing the land; we teach an appreciation of how we interact with it.”

Loma Vista Farm is one of only two working farms in the nation that is tied so closely to a school. The farm, founded in 1974, was integrated into the school curriculum five years ago. All classes and students visit the farm once a week to participate in growing vegetables, animal care, healthy cooking, and hands-on science.

One recent winter morning, seven third-graders helped assistant farm keeper Alicia White prepare fried rice. The children gathered the eggs from the chicken coop; picked and washed the kale, swiss chard, onions, and carrots from the garden; and followed along as Alicia prepared the dish. After eating, they helped clean up, which included composting the leftovers and paper plates.

In addition to the 36 chickens that provide eggs for the students, the farm is home to three bunnies (a big favorite), four alpacas, three pot-bellied pigs, two cows, two peacocks, two turkeys, three horses, four sheep, and some ducks and geese.

The vegetable beds were recently improved and built to be the right height for children and ADA compliant.

This outdoor classroom provides children with standards-based, hands-on learning opportunities. But it’s more than that, says Steve Pressley, a board member of Loma Vista Farm and Solano Land Trust.

“The way to get support for agriculture is by educating our youth,” he said. “They are the ones who are going to be making the decisions 20 years from now. Even if they go on to be doctors or accountants, they will always have an appreciation for farmers and ranchers.”

Community members and guests are welcome to visit the farm during school hours from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The spring festival is on Saturday, May 5.

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Roma Tarape and Taniyah Simmons display the carrots dug from the garden