The Sunol AgPark was created from the mutual interest of SAGE and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) in developing an entity that integrates sustainable agriculture, natural resource stewardship, and public education about the agricultural, natural, and cultural resources of the Sunol Valley.
Founded in 2006, today the 18-acre Sunol Water Temple AgPark is a thriving urban-edge farm. The AgPark is located on land that SAGE leases from SFPUC. This site features the historic Sunol Water Temple, built in 1910 by the Spring Valley Water Company. There are four different farming operations at the AgPark, and the AgPark farmers share infrastructure, equipment, and information, and pay license fees and water costs.
The Sunol AgPark Management Plan, completed in 2008, provides a management, operations and financial framework to guide fulfillment of the project vision and goals.
The guiding principles for the Sunol Water Temple Agricultural Park strive to integrate community benefit farming, natural resource stewardship, and public education. The management of the Sunol AgPark is guided by the following principles:
- Land access and farming opportunities for multiple small farmers whose production, marketing and education activities support local food systems.
- Protection and enhancement of the natural resources of land, water, and habitat on the site and, as feasible, in the environs.
- Experiential learning opportunities for multiple audiences related to the farming operations, Alameda Creek watershed, local ecology, and the agricultural and cultural history of the area.
- Management of the AgPark as a collaborative, sustainable system that is economically viable, ecologically sound, and provides value for all participants – the farmers, the Sunol community, SFPUC and SAGE, collaborators, and Bay Area residents.
- Demonstration of the feasibility of the AgPark concept by creating a working model.