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Encinitas Union School District trustees OK Farm Lab expansion

Encinitas Union School District trustees OK Farm Lab expansion

North Coast Current

May 1, 2018

The Encinitas Union School District’s Farm Lab recently received the green light to expand after a Board of Trustees vote, the district announced April 30.

Encinitas school farm program earns organic certification

North Coast Current

September 15, 2016

The Encinitas Union School District’s educational farms have marked a milestone with certification by the California Certified Organic Farmers group, the district announced Sept. 15.

Taking root: Encinitas continues work on urban farming policy

Taking root: Encinitas continues work on urban farming policy

Lauren J. Mapp

February 15, 2016

Among recent changes in the local farming community, Encinitas’ Urban Agriculture Subcommittee continued a discussion of a new urban agriculture ordinance and agricultural permit during the second of five Planning Commission public hearings last month. Led by appointed City Council members Catherine Bla...

After years of effort, Encinitas Community Garden begins to sprout

After years of effort, Encinitas Community Garden begins to sprout

Susan Whaley

October 18, 2015

Encinitas resident Liza Blue pushed a wheel barrel full of veggies to a raised garden bed she leases. She was on her way to pick up her kids that afternoon but stopped by the newly opened Encinitas Community Garden to do some work first. It’s a learning process, she said, as she was putting in...

Encinitas mayoral candidates stake their plots on urban farming issue

Gisela Lagos

October 13, 2014

Candidates in Encinitas’ first race for mayor each see agriculture as an integral part of the city, and as the city’s Urban Agriculture Subcommittee works to create an ordinance that speaks to urban farming, differences of opinion have taken root among the candidates. Candidate Alex Fidel is on one side of the issue, saying that agricultur...

Point of View: Urban farm tiff has quite a plot

Roman S. Koenig

June 13, 2014

Encinitas’ long, rich history of agriculture has lost out to crops of so-called “McMansions” over the years, but patches of that past tradition continue to hold ground in the city’s urbanized environment. A new movement in urban agriculture stands to revitalize that tradition. Standing in the ...

Saving the family farm: Murky Encinitas ordinances cast shadow over urban agriculture

Saving the family farm: Murky Encinitas ordinances cast shadow over urban agriculture

Gisela Lagos

May 31, 2014

Coral Tree Farm is working to gain back the ability to sell produce and hold community educational events for children and adults since losing its farm zoning rights due to city ordinances that do not account for urban farms. Sixteen years ago, Laurel Mehl and her family started the process of downsizing...

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