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Thomas OS Organic Farm Project
Overview
Originated by a citizen-led, grass roots effort the vision for Thomas Open Space continues to blossom as the historically farmed land is in use today for organic crop production and as the home site of Thomas Open Space Barn.  The unique relationship between a municipality and a local farming operation demonstrates Lafayette’s commitment to providing diverse experiences for citizens, while preserving our small town atmosphere.  In the case of Thomas Open Space the City of Lafayette has partnered with Isabelle Farm who operates the on-site barn as their farm stand for locally grown, organic crop.

Location
The Thomas Open Space is located at 1640 West Baseline Road, west of Highway 287 on Baseline Road, south of the Anna’s Farm subdivision.

Who & When
The barn & land is leased by Isabelle Farm. Be sure to stop by for fantastic food. Most crops grown in this region are not available for harvest until late summer. Therefore, Isabelle Farm typically opens the farm stand Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, from early June through November or December. Come by for fresh, organic produce and lots more.

Solar Project
In late 2012 a 9 kW groundmount solar array was installed at Thomas Open Space. This energy-efficiency project supplements energy use at the barn and has an estimated annual carbon offset of 23,930 lbs. View the online Real-Time Data Monitoring module for the Thomas Open Space solar array provided by Lighthouse Solar.

Funding
The space is funded by the POST (Parks, Open Space and Trails) fund. Every time you shop in Lafayette you make a valuable payment of 0.25% to POST which supports enhancements to maintenance, preservation, and acquisition of each of these community amenities that make Lafayette special.




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