San Luis Obispo, CA (July 2019) – In recent years, ecologically sustainable travel has sprung up, meeting the growing demand from visitors for it. But what if you could get a side serving of sun and sand during your eco-friendly getaway? From agricultural adventures to wildlife preservation experiences, SLO CAL (located halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco) offers an array of eco-friendly ways travelers can explore the destination.
The following are a few of the top eco-friendly experiences for visitors to SLO CAL, and how they can get involved:
SLO CAL Farm Trail
With locations throughout SLO CAL, the San Luis Obispo County Farm Trail by FARMstead ED, celebrates the region’s deeply embedded culture of agriculture., introducing them to a variety of local farms, ranches and food purveyors, from handcrafted alpaca goods to aromatic, organic lavender fields. On the Farm Trail, visitors can choose their own agricultural adventures to learn the stories behind SLO CAL’s fertile soil and small-batch makers.
How to get involved: SLO CAL Crafted workshops, classes and demonstrations are available along the trail through FARMstead ED. For example, visitors can participate in a YES Cocktail Co. demonstration on how to transition locally grown produce into creative cocktail infusions or take a Giving Tree Family Farm class on how to card alpaca wool. Classes and workshops can be booked in advance online or guests may book an appointment to visit the Farm Trail sites.
Morro Bay Estuary
The Morro Bay National Estuary Program works to protect and restore Morro Bay and its watershed by conducting monitoring and research to track the health of the estuary. The organization repairs natural habitats to protect water quality and wildlife and educating residents and visitors on how to be good stewards of the bay.
How to get involved: The estuary’s #2minutebeachclean challenge encourages visitors to gather wind-blown trash, lost items and other litter. Participants can also track their trash, helping the Morro Bay Estuary collect valuable data to inspire positive change in the community.
Grassy Bar Oyster Co.
Seafood Watch includes oysters in "the best of the best" on their Super Green List of seafood recommendations, based on the low level of environmental contaminants and rich health benefits. Guests can slurp up this healthy seafood straight from the source at SLO CAL’s Grassy Bar, an oyster farm owned and operated by the Trevelyan family since 2009. Every oyster here is cultivated and harvested by hand. Farming them is an environmentally friendly option, favored by those wanting to help restore the wild oyster fisheries.
How to get involved: Join the guided Morro Bay Short Paddle kayak tour through Central Coast Outdoors is an adventure on the wildlife-rich waters of Morro Bay National Estuary, which is protected from the open ocean by a four-mile-long sandspit. During this tour, participants visit Grassy Bar Oyster Co., sampling raw oysters straight from the sea. You can also buy three dozen, freshly gathered oysters right off the boat when you meet the Grassy Bar Oyster Co. at the Morro Bay dock on Friday afternoon. Oyster purchases need to be arranged a day in advance by calling Grassy Bar Oyster Company at (805) 471-9683.
Sustainability in Practice (SIP) Certified helps farmers and winemakers demonstrate their dedication to preserving and protecting natural and human resources. SIP Certified is a rigorous sustainable vineyard and winery certification with strict, non-negotiable requirements, committed to standards based on science and expert input, independent verification, transparency, and absence of conflict of interest. SLO CAL has over 50 vineyards and wineries that are SIP Certified and 25 certified tasting opportunities.
How to get involved: Travelers can schedule their SLO CAL wine tastings at SIP-Certified sustainable wineries, such as Ancient Peaks Winery in Santa Margarita, along the southern border of Paso Robles Wine Country or Talley Vineyards in the SLO Coast Wine region.
Media Contact: Madison Quiring | (805) 225-7228 | Madison@SLOCAL.com