Ventura County's Support-Local Program

The CSA – Step Inside the Box to Eat Local

For over 25 years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has been a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from the farmer. Download our local CSA list.

CSAs: the perfect way to support local

For over 25 years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has been a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from the farmer.

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Local harvest

CSAs provide a way to not only support local farmers by buying into a share of food farm direct and in season, it is a perfect way for you to get to know your farmers and the food you eat. While similar models of CSAs existed in Europe, Japan and elsewhere, it is a relatively new model for the US, arriving on the scene back in the 1980s.

The Community Supported Agriculture movement was inspired by Rudolf Steiner, the Austrian philosopher and social reformer who is credited with developing Waldorf education and biodynamic agriculture. Two European biodynamic farmers, Jan Vander Tuin from Switzerland and Trauger Groh from Germany, brought the concept to the US and simultaneously established Indian Line Farm in Massachusetts and Temple-Wilton Community Farm in New Hampshire in 1986.

CSAs hit the US

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Rio Gozo Farms planting

Zoom ahead to 2015. There are now thousands of farms participating in CSA programs across the US. The success of these programs stems from a desire for consumers to reconnect with their food source and local growers.

It’s truly is a winning combination for consumers and growers. Consumers get delicious, fresh, in-season produce throughout the growing season while growers have the financial support from those consumers who fund a whole season’s budget at the start of the season.

Just a few of the benefits of CSAs

Benefits to the farmers:

  • Get to spend time marketing the food early in the year, before their 16 hour days in the field begin
  • Receive payment early in the season, which helps with the farm’s cash flow
  • Have an opportunity to get to know the people who eat the food they grow

Benefits to the consumers:

  • Eat ultra-fresh food, with all the flavor and vitamin benefits
  • Get exposed to new vegetables and new ways of cooking
  • Usually get to visit the farm at least once a season
  • Find that kids typically favor food from “their” farm – even veggies they’ve never been known to eat
  • Develop a relationship with the farmer who grows their food and learn more about how food is grown

It really is a simple enough idea, but the positive impact for our community is profound.

Here is a great list of Ventura County CSAs

We’ve assembled a list of the Ventura County CSAs which includes all relevant contact information and links. You can download your own copy of the list as PDF document. You’ll find the link at the end of the list. Have fun checking out our local CSAs!

Avogrado’s Garden Farm CSA

Contact:Peter Willsrud
Phone:(805) 798-1100
Email:avogadrosgarden@gmail.com
Website:http://bit.ly/1ECwgie
Facebook:http://on.fb.me/1f4kXhg
Location:Ojai and Ventura
Notes:Organic

Fresh Picks by Deardorff Organics CSA

Contact:Christine Smith
Phone:(805) 200-5216
Email:freshpicks@deardorfffamilyfarms.com
Website:http://bit.ly/1DIxise
Facebook:http://on.fb.me/1GL8tye
Location:Oxnard
Notes:Certified Organic

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Join the Farm! CSA

Contact:Erynn Smith
Phone:(805) 910-5642
Email:info@jointhefarm.com
Website:http://bit.ly/1DIxEPG
Facebook:http://on.fb.me/1ILmcpu
Location:Santa Paula
Notes:Sustainable, Organic Practices

Mano Farm CSA

Contact:Shawn Fulbright and Quin Shakra
Phone:(805) 705-9550
Email:manofarmers@gmail.com
Website:http://bit.ly/1FT19jY
Facebook:http://on.fb.me/1OCf7YQ
Location:Ojai
Notes:Certified Organic

McGrath Family Farms CSA

Contact:Paul Thurston
Phone:(805) 485-4210
Email:mcgrathfamilyfarmcenter@gmail.com
Website:http://bit.ly/1EH74Hs
Facebook:http://on.fb.me/1awUuOp
Location:Camarillo
Notes:Certified Organic

Rancho Del Pueblo Farm (Farmer and the Cook) CSA

Contact:Steve Sprinkel
Phone:(805)-290-0988
Email:farmerandcook@gmail.com
Website:http://bit.ly/1NKqrFg
Facebook:http://on.fb.me/1POlhqa
Location:Ojai
Notes:Certified Organic

Rio Gozo Farm CSA

Contact:John Fonteyn and Elizabeth Del Negro
Phone:(805)-272-8170
Email:riogozofarm@gmail.com
Website:http://bit.ly/1awVmTe
Facebook:http://on.fb.me/1ECtNEz
Location:Ojai
Notes:Organic (not certified)

Stoke Grove Farm CSA

Contact:Wiley Connell
Phone:(805)-403-9435
Email:wileyyy@gmail.com
Website:http://bit.ly/1awVW3c
Facebook:http://on.fb.me/1b3L4uX
Location:Ojai
Notes:Organic

Underwood Family Farms CSA

Contact:Craig Underwood
Phone:(805) 529-3690
Email:csamembers@underwoodfamilyfarms.com
Website:http://bit.ly/1Offsys
Facebook:http://on.fb.me/1FLqAPd
Location:Moorpark, Somis
Notes:Sustainable  

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Kat Merrick made her mark in the apparel world as an innovative leader and founder of Surf Chick Inc. With over 25 years of extensive experience managing worldwide capacity apparel facilities, companies and product, her superior leadership skills, practiced in directing cross-functional global teams to design, brand, source develop and marketing, won her world-wide recognition and awards. She is considered an expert in the areas of trend studies, brand building and marketing. At 23 years old she opened her first successful retail business in Ventura County, Since then, Kat has owned and operated several very successful retail and wholesale operations and assisted numerous multi-category small businesses to achieve success. Highly respected by many local small business owners, growers, artists and locals, she has been tagged as “the Shop Local girl”. Kat’s extensive travels, strong business knowledge and desire to make a positive impact locally helped inspire her to create Totally Local VC. A Ventura County resident since 1978, single mother of two and long-standing advocate for support of local small business and all that is Ventura, founder and developer of Totally Local VC, Kat brings her passion for our community to all she does. Her writings, posts and blog reflect her love of family, friends and community and desire to help.

 

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