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West Sacramento’s Barn getting an urban farm

The Barn ready for its debut in West Sacramento

The Barn is a curvilinear, shingled structure that is the centerpiece of a 25,000 square foot development near Raley Field that will also host concerts and public events officially opens on Friday morning.
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The Barn is a curvilinear, shingled structure that is the centerpiece of a 25,000 square foot development near Raley Field that will also host concerts and public events officially opens on Friday morning.

West Sacramento’s Barn won’t be housing livestock or storing hay, but there will be an adjacent urban farm, officials from The Center for Land-Based Learning announced Monday.

Two half-acre parcels near West Sacramento’s newly erected Barn center will be put to use by beginning farmers.

The urban farm – the center’s fifth – will “increase access to fresh local produce, promote community sustainability, encourage volunteerism and stimulate educational opportunities” according to a press release announcing the plan to break ground on the farm at the Barn.

The project received a $25,000 contribution from Raley’s grocery store chain. The West Sacramento-based company also agreed to purchase a portion of the produce generated as part of its “Food For Families” program.

Local development firm Fulcrum Property – which is developing the surrounding Bridge District mixed-use project – also pledged $25,000 toward the project. Christine McMorrow, a spokeswoman for the Winters-based center, said another $25,000 was raised at a sold-out Sept. 11 Dinner at the Barn fundraiser.

“Our partnership with The Center for Land-Based Learning provides a wrap-around approach to Raley’s support of the entire food system,” said Becca Whitman, executive director of Food For Families. “By working together, we are strengthening the market channel for farmers, increasing agricultural workforce development opportunities, and providing our Food For Families partners fresh fruits and vegetables for the food insecure in our communities.”

McMorrow said the center hopes to get water to the properties and prepare the soil in time for a spring planting. The Barn is also planning a Spring 2017 launch of a restaurant featuring seasonal produce grown at the Barn farm.

Ed Fletcher: 916-321-1269, @NewsFletch

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