Pleasanton Community Farm
Pleasanton City Council adopted the Bernal Property Phase II Specific Plan on May 16, 2006 and ratified it on November 7, 2006. Included in the approved plan is approximately 20 acres on the southern-most section of the Bernal property for which “Agriculture Club” and “Agriculture” have been designated as permitted land uses. Coincidently, over 12 years ago, the Abbie 4-H Club of Pleasanton began working with the City of Pleasanton and other interest groups to gain broad support for a community farm. The 4-H Club efforts were rewarded when the City authorized the creation of a master plan for the Pleasanton Community Farm in 2012.
Abbie 4-H partnered with the Rotary Club of Pleasanton to create a joint project team, where the Rotary Club of Pleasanton acted as the lead entity for procuring project funds. Both entities contributed team members with significant subject matter expertise. MD Fotheringham was selected as the design lead. We were teamed with Jim Jennings Architects and MacKay & Somps Civil Engineers.
The Pleasanton Community Farm Master Plan was completed and approved by the Pleasanton City Council in 2018. The plan provides a variety of agricultural land uses including community meeting/classroom facilities, a Master Gardeners research and demonstration center, row crops, orchards, vineyards, greenhouses, equipment storage buildings and onsite parking. The Farm improvements would be integrated into the Bernal Property open space and trails improvements identified in the Phase II Specific Plan. The Farm is to provide environmental, agricultural and recreational education opportunities in the region. A major purpose of the agriculture is to provide local produce for sale to residents and restaurants, as well as volunteer opportunities for local youth and families.