Cloud City Farm sits on a two-and-a-half-acre property within walking distance from the Community Field and every 3rd through 12th grade classroom in Lake County, Colorado.
The complex includes: a 1,300-square foot growing dome, a 2160-square foot high tunnel, outdoor raised beds, community gardens, and composting facilities (see below).
This project will make fresh local produce available to the Lake County community through community-supported agriculture farm shares, a third of which are reserves for low-income families.
Workshops will be held at the farm to teach gardening skills. Other educational opportunities include: internships for high school student, and partnerships with school and summer programs.
The logistical phase of the project started with Lake County School District allowing us to use the land. Barnabas Kane of Consilium Design (also a C4 Board member) and the Cloud City Conservation Center (C4) worked together to assist with planning and layout of the farm operation.
This project has been nearly 3 years in the making. C4 has previously implemented energy-efficiency and recycling programs to the county and saw the need to build the capacity within the community to be able to grow even a small portion of their food locally and teach future generations how to grow food as well.