Resources

Here are a few links

Healthy Links.

If you are concerned about your health, you will find the World’s Healthiest Websites here!

Organic Resources.

Here you will find links to tremendous resources for anyone interested in organic farming techniques and requirements.

Our Suppliers.

Following are links to some of our suppliers. We encourage you to visit their websites.

Directories.

Blogs.

Blogs (web logs and journals) devoted to the organic lifestyle.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you offer tours of your farm?

Yes! If you, or your group are interested in a tour please contact us so that we can schedule your guided tour which we offer once every season.

Is your farm open to the public?

No. We are busy growing the freshest, most nutritious and flavorful organic produce on the the planet. We simply don’t have the time or manpower to welcome visitors properly.

However, we have a strong desire to connect with our community and to operate our farm under total transparency, so we offer tours of our farm once every season.

Do you sell to the public?

Yes. We sell our produce through the local farmers markets, and through our CSA (Community Assisted Agriculture) program.

Are you Certified organic? If so, by whom?

Yes, we are indeed certified organic.

We are certified organic by ORGANIC CERTIFIERS of Ventura, California. ORGANIC CERTIFIERS is USDA, IFOAM, ISO65 (EU Equivalent) and CARTV (Canadian Organic Regimen) Accredited, and has been certifying the organic community since 1996. Their company was one of the first accredited by the USDA in early 2002.

Why should I buy organic foods?

What an important question!

A simplified answer is that organic food contains everything essential for life in abundance. Animals and insects know this instinctively.

CSA Program Frequently Asked Questions

How do I join your CSA?

Please visit the join page of our CSA website.

What's in a typical CSA box?

A typical box contains over a dozen fruits and vegetables .

Our CSA has more vegetables than fruit (just like the ideal human diet) but we do include some fruit.

Our most recent CSA box contained the following: Kale, Tatsoi (bagged), Collard Greens (Bagged), Spinach (bagged), Pac Choi, Broccoli Raab, Broccoli, Beets, Carrots, Radishes, Bunching Onions, Cantaloupe, Avocados, Loquats and Grapefruit.

The contents of your CSA box vary according to season (and other factors). For an idea of what may be contained in your CSA box each season.

What's size is your CSA box?

The FULL PLEDGE box is 16″W X 19.5″L X 10.5″D.

The HALF PLEDGE box is 13″X X 13.5″L X 10.5″D.

The weight of the boxes generally varies according to the water content of the produce contained therein (a watermelon weighs a lot more than lettuce).

How does the Inland Empire CSA program work?

We have two pledge plans available for our CSA members. The Full Pledge, which typically provides a weeks supply of produce for a large family or 3-4 adults.  With a Full Pledge, you would receive 10-15 items each week with the content varying by season.

For smaller families, we also offer a Half Pledge, which provides a weeks supply of produce for 1-2 adults. With a Half Pledge, you would receive fewer items and/or a smaller amount of an item.

Generally, the produce will be the same in each box, just different quantities.

Payment.

We request that all members pay in advance for their Full or Half Pledge. We ask this because we need to have an idea of how many families to plant for, keep our bookkeeping duties down to a minimum and be planting and harvesting your crops in a timely manner.

We also accept credit cards for payment.

Pickup locations.

Our current pickup locations are listed on the right sidebar of our Home page. As our CSA grows we will be adding additional locations in order to be more convenient for our members.

If I am vacation for a week, can I stop that week's pick up or does it count as one of my 8 weeks even though I am out of town?

You can always cancel and skip a week provided you give us at least four days advance notice. We’ll then extend your pledge a week.

If I pay with my credit card, is that a one time payment or will you automatically recharge once my membership expires?

If you wish to pay by credit card we will only charge to it on your request. We never recharge a card without your consent. If for some reason you don’t wish to continue on after your trial period we delete your card info.

What forms of payment are accepted by your CSA?

We accept all major credit cards, checks and cash of course.

Are EBT (food stamps) accepted by your CSA?

Not at this time.

However, we are working hard towards being able to accept food stamps in the future, as we sincerely would like to be able to supply EBT clients with local fresh, nutritious, and organic foods.

Does the email on Saturday tell me what my box will have on the following Tuesday before I pick it up?

Yes and no.

The majority of items on the Saturday email list will be the same for the weekday boxes. The problem is if we run out of a particular item during the weekend we will substitute something else that is similar.

Example: if we put kale in the weekend boxes and don’t have enough for the weekday boxes we may substitute Swiss Chard.

We make every effort to keep all the boxes as consistent as possible.

Do you send out a weekly email listing the contents of the current week's CSA box?

We do much better than that.

We publish a weekly newsletter that not only lists the contents of your CSA box, but offers suggestions (in the form of recipes) as to how to prepare the contents for your family.

Also included is news about the farms that supply our CSA, and other news and valuable resources.

Is it possible to see the contents of one of your CSA boxes?

Anyone can check out our CSA boxes at the Farmer’s market locations, if they choose to do so and if a box is still available (not picked up) for them to see.

Hint: It might be a good idea to arrive early (before the members pick up their boxes).

We don’t make extra boxes for display.

Could you please explain exactly how the every other week option works?

The every other week pledge is just an option to spread the number of boxes over a longer period of time. A 13 week every other week pledge will take 26 weeks to receive all of the boxes.

What's the difference between a CSA and a Co-op?

The difference between our CSA and a co-op is significant. A co-op generally will source it’s produce from all over. This may include producers from outside the USA as well. The co-op is generally able to provide produce that is currently “out of season” in Southern California.

Our CSA provides produce that is grown here locally. That means we are limited to the produce that grows here seasonally. We can’t provide you with a melon or tomatoes in December. The produce that goes into the boxes is whatever is available for harvest in a given week. We do a lot of greens over the winter as that is what will grow here. The boxes will change significantly from season to season, as the weather changes.