Pomona Urban Farm

Pomona, CA
A demonstration ecological urban farm 

About the Farm

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History

The Pomona Urban Farm is a education-focused urban farm established by The Growing Club in September 2014. At the farm, we seek to demonstrate how urban farms can be centers of social, economic, and ecological regeneration and healing in (sub)urban centers. The Pomona Urban Farm is the primary site for our urban farming initiative, Sarvodaya Farms. At the farm, we also seek to demonstrate how small farms, when managed with advanced ecological farming techniques can grow significant quantities of beyond organic produce with a fraction of the water used by chemically-intensive agriculture.

The Pomona Urban Farm is on a 26000 sq ft (1/2 acre) historic homestead lot in Pomona, CA. Pomona, named after the Roman goddess of fruitful abundance, had a short history as an agriculture powerhouse in the early 1900’s due to its rich silt-loam soils, where the environmentally and socially exploitative citrus industry flourished for many decades. In establishing the Pomona Urban Farm, we seek to redirect Pomona’s history from one of suppression and exploitation to one of regeneration and abundance. 


The Growing Club began management of this property in August 2014, and since then the farm has made a tremendous transition from a barren, exploited property  to one of inexplicable richness, diversity, and abundance. The farm demonstrates a variety of ecological farming practices, going far beyond the standards required for certified organic agriculture. The primary feature of the farm is that it is managed with absolutely no tillage. In just one of year after the start of our ecological management, the Pomona Urban Farm’s soil improved by leaps and bounds, with soil organic matter rising from 1% to 13%, water holding capacity increasing by five fold, and yields rising each year.  


The Pomona Urban Farm demonstrates ecologically-based, regenerative agriculture techniques. Our goal is not simply to grow food, but to create a healthy ecosystem and habitat, where all beings are provided for and fruits & vegetables grow as a by-product of healthy soil, abundant wildlife, and happy people.


Ecological Farming Practices

By the Numbers

All figures from Jan 1. 2016 to Dec 31. 2017

23716 Pounds 

of food grown

59998 Pounds 

of food waste composted

251422 Pounds 

of organic matter composted

51 Farmers

trained through our Training Program

12645 Hours 

of farm work

33587 gallons

of water used per month (average)

2337 CSA Boxes

delivered

6668 eggs

laid by our chickens

2321 Pounds 

of food donated



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