Lease Farmland at City Farm SLO



City Farm SLO hereby announces the availability of the acreage specified below. The property in question is irrigated Class One and Class Two farmland, located within the city of San Luis Obispo, California. The farm is intended for row crops with the possibility for perennial plantings and animal husbandry. The property has been cover-cropped and farmed without chemical additives since 2014. 


The cost of the property has three components: rent, use (property) tax, and electricity to run the pump for water. The amount of acreage and length of the lease are negotiable.


Cost Per Acre (monthly): land - $125 | use tax $8  | electricity for pump based on usage


A hoop house of 100x40 feet is adjacent to the property and is also available for lease, price to be negotiated.

This property is part of the Calle Joaquin Agricultural Reserve Open Space owned by the City of San Luis Obispo. City Farm SLO has a master lease agreement for the site and manages all relations with the city. Consequently, the lease agreement is between City Farm SLO and the farmer/renter. 

The Reserve is intended for both agricultural production and education and therefore the public will occasionally be on portions of the Reserve adjacent to this farmland. City Farm SLO has fund-raising events on-site, and regularly has students on the property.

Benefits to leasing farmland within the City Farm–San Luis Obispo include:

  • Reliable water supply: agricultural well and pump with 300 GPM, 80 PSI capacity, and high-flow and low-flow irrigation systems

  • Easy access from Highway101

  • Flexible lease length

  • Public recognition through City Farm SLO's outreach, marketing and programming efforts


Submitting Proposals:
Proposals must be submitted by email (preferred) or postal mail, become the property of City Farm SLO, and will not be returned. 

Proposal Evaluation Factors listed in order of priority:

  • Farm products: Fruit and vegetable production will be given priority. Flowers and herbs are also acceptable. Animal husbandry will be accepted as part of a holistic farming approach and/or educational program. 

  • Farming practices. While we will not require organic certification, the site must be managed in such a way so as to not prevent future tenants from acquiring certification. 

  • Experience and financial solvency. Farming know-how, plausible business plan and demonstrated ability to pay rent in a timely manner. 

  • Public engagement. Comfort with or interest in the public's engagement with educational programming organized by City Farm SLO. 


Next Steps:

  • Do you have questions? Contact us via email or phone 805-769-8344

  • Do you want to know more about City Farm SLO? Explore more of our website

  • Would you like to submit an application? Request one.

We prefer to communicate via email whenever possible and practical.

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lease prime ag land at city farm slo

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(805) 769-8344

PO Box 3736

San Luis Obispo, CA 93403

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