Get Away and Give Back, as we approach the Season of Thankfulness and Giving.

Connect deeper, explore and protect nature and heritage and make a difference while you are on vacation.  Throughout San Luis Obispo County opportunities await to contribute while you travel. During this season of giving back, counting our blessings and doing well for not only others, but also our environment that surrounds us, it is a perfect time to escape and give something in return:

1. Apple Farm’s Farm to Fork Package-

Be a “Locavore” and contribute by shopping locally at the Baywood Park Farmer’s Market with Apple Farm Chef, Steve Smeets.  By shopping locally grown produce you are helping the environment. Less fossil fuels are needed for transport of product as well as generation of less greenhouse gas emissions occurring from conventionally produced food.  This two night package invites you to eat healthier and is so much fun! You will have the opportunity to assist Chef Smeets with picking out different produce and local goods for the Apple Farm Restaurant. After your tour of the market, Chef will get to work creating a one-of-a-kind, farm fresh meal using the ingredients you helped him select. In the evening, join him at the Chef's Table in our restaurant for a three course menu including a flight of local wines. More Information: https://www.applefarm.com/specials/farm-to-fork-package

2. SeaVenture Beach Clean Up-

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Our beaches are a prized gift shared by locals, visitors, nature and marine life.  Unfortunately, they are not always treated as such. Trash left on the beach in many forms including plastic pollutes our oceans and threatens our sea life who mistake the foreign objects in their environment as food. For example, a sea turtle who sees a plastic bag can mistake it as a jellyfish, once swallowed, it will prevent them from eating and the turtle will slowly starve itself.  So, come do your part! On the 2nd Saturday of the month at 8:30 mingle over complimentary donuts and coffee, and all attendees are entered into a raffle for a $25 restaurant certificate.  Gloves and bags are available. Next clean up is October 13th.  Come make your imprint.  More Information: https://www.seaventure.com/

3. Glean with Glean SLO-  

Rescue nature’s bounty to help benefit the community.  In an area of agricultural abundance there are still many people that go hungry.  By gleaning and harvesting we help to fully utilize our resources of water, land and labor to get the full yield of production, all while nourishing our community, building deeper relationships and expanding our appreciation for food and healthy eating.  Participate by signing up for a Harvest Event on the GleanSLO webpage, or if you are a land or ranch owner and you have crops that you can not get harvesting or that are over producing, sign up your location to come get Gleaned! More Information: http://www.gleanslo.org/index.php

4. Enjoy Ocean Walks While Being a Scientist-  

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If you love walking along the coast and are also looking for a way to give back to an important cause, the Otter Project is seeking volunteers. Walk the coast of Montana de Oro, Point Buchon and Cambria all while collecting valuable scientific data on this darling creature.  Sea otters have been part of the California ecosystems for millions of years.  However indigenous trapping and the fur trade in the 1800’s considerably lessened the population.  Monitoring the Marine Protected Areas of the Central Coast allows for statistics on their habitat and what can be done to maintain and grown their population all while enjoying our scenic coastline.  More Information: http://www.otterproject.org/

5. U- Pick Farms-

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San Luis Obispo County provides the perfect climate for growing a variety of fresh produce.  From apples and peaches to pumpkins and grapes. Besides gathering in the outdoors with your family and enjoying the fresh air there are many other benefits.  While one supports the local economy, there is also a cost saving by doing the labor yourself, making picking your own a value proposition. You also eat healthier and gain knowledge of the source where your food comes from. There are several locations in San Luis Obispo County.  Rutiz Farms in Arroyo Grande provides blackberries and raspberries. The iconic Avila Valley Barn is a great spot for peaches, apples and most famously, pumpkins. See Canyon is well known for its many varieties of apples. And the Indian Valley U Pick Farms in San Miguel allows for a gorgeous country drive and over 1,200 trees offering grapes, figs, pomegranates and more!  More Information: http://www.rutizfarms.com, http://avilavalleybarn.com/, http://www.seecanyonfruitranch.com/, http://indianvalleyupick.com/