Thomas Open Space
- Farm Stand (Seasonal)
- Organic Farm
Cooperation between the city and local agriculture makes Thomas Open Space a unique parcel. Its name is derived from the previous landowner Loraine Thomas Bateman, a descendant of Anna Waneka Thomas. As the result of a resident-led effort, the land was acquired by Lafayette as open space in 2002 in place of a pending housing development.
In 2005 a separate resident-led effort resulted in turning the land into an organic farm. Voters approved an amendment to the City charter allowing the land to be leased to a private farm operator. Proposals were received, and Abbondanza Organic Seeds & Produce was chosen as the lessee of the organic farm that commenced operations in 2007. Five years later, in 2012, the City built the Thomas Barn at a cost of about $440,000. Around this time, Abbondanza had moved on and a new lease was signed with Isabelle Farm, who leased the land until early 2022. As of March 2022, a new three-year lease was awarded to Red Wagon Farm. The lease operator makes modest payments to the City for the use of the barn, the land, and water for crop production.
For more information about Red Wagon Farm, visit their webpage to learn about the products they sell as well as other community farming activities they engage in.