Farm Stand Design/Build in Point Reyes, CA

June 5, 2014

Recently completed this project in Point Reyes Station, CA, for Table Top Farm.

I was commissioned by organic farmer Arron Wilder of Table Top Farm to design and build this permanent farm stand, located in the downtown Point Reyes Station area, adjacent to the newly re-designed town commons.  The design challenge was to fit the structure between an existing building and a water tower, while also opening toward the commons, which was also undergoing a facelift. The water tower is a functional art installation by Eric Oldmixon and Ido Yoshimoto, and the farm stand design needed to sync visually with the tower. It collects & stores water from the taller building via a pipe (not installed in these pics,) and can be used to water the gardens on the property. 

Original design concept:

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Since the farm stand would eventually become a community fixture and gathering place, we sought to connect the project even further to the local community; we reached out to the nearby West Marin elementary school, asking the students to draw some examples of fruits and vegetables that might be sold in the stand.  Then we laser-engraved the students’ drawings onto the cedar shingles that would form the entryway to the farm stand. The roof has leftover reclaimed shingles from the water tower project, and we used mostly reclaimed/salvaged redwood, cedar, and douglas fir in the structure.
When the farm stand is unmanned, it will operate on the honor system with scale and dropbox for money, similar to Table Top’s other stand, up on one of their farm plots.
Thanks to the students and teachers at West Marin school, and Steven Mattern Design+Build in Albuquerque, who helped consult on the initial structural design, and made the laser engraving for the project possible.   

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The construction:

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