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About Us

Mission

California envisions a world where sustainability and access to healthy, organic foods is easily achieved through local, organic farming, creative gardening techniques such as rooftop and vertical gardens, and community education. The majority of our current agricultural system is unsustainable using pesticides that destroy the soil, growing crops that aren't nutritional, and using a complex transportation system to ship food to its final destination. A sustainable farming system is possible, just not yet widespread. This system includes growing a diverse amount of crops, growing them locally, and enriching the soil with pesticide free, organic methods. It's up to our communities to make this new sustainable system a reality and CSA California's efforts push this vision forward.

Creative Director

Kali Wnuck C.Ht.

Kali's mission to get healthy foods in the schools began in high school when she started a petition to get healthy school lunches and was told that the change wasn't possible due to school "health codes". When she met Sara with CSA 9 years later, she was immediately called to work with her. "One of the best things about running the CSA, is seeing kids walk up to us at the school and ask us with excitement for organic carrots, celery and fruit to snack on. They are so used to unhealthy fundraisers, such as ice cream. Having organic fruits and vegetables laid out for them to see is a healthy inspiration." She hopes that all schools will soon provide healthy lunches and snacks, organic vegetables, learning gardens, and clean water. Step by step many people are making that possible. Kali's dream is for everyone to be fed well. As CSA grows, she wishes to donate not only to school gardens, but farms around the globe that will serve to create lasting sustainability for everyone.

Founders

CSA California Founders

How It Works

Organic Produce Delivered Weekly

Bring your own Bag or reusable box. We get the boxes of Fruits and Vegetables direct from the Organic farms and Distribute it to communities. No Packaging, No additional Milage, No sitting in storage or store. Ready for your enjoyment hours from when they were harvested. We take great pleasure in providing you the freshest quality available. Taste the Organic difference. High Vibration seasonal Organic food is improving our lives.

Proceeds of each location go towards local sustainable agriculture projects. We're doing our part to stay involved and supportive. fundraising for school, church and community gardens. See the proceeds page for more details. If you have a community agriculture project that could use some support visit the Host A Locationpage.

Costs and Payment

CSA California functions as a Subscription based service by default. When signing up you will be asked to choose between weekly or bi weekly pick up.

You will then be charged each week (three days before your scheduled pick up) after sign up. initial payment is charged on entry.

Deadlines

The *Required Deadline for subscribing or cancelling your order is 3 days- For example; If you subscribe on Monday for a location that happens on Tuesday you will not have a bag at that location. Same goes for cancelling, if you cancel online on monday. There will be a bag (charged to your account) awaiting your pick up on Tuesday. And your bag will be donated at your expense.

Deadlines for additions to your bag will be posted with those specific add ons.

Pick Up Locations

We Provide a weekly bag of Organic fruits and vegetables at an affordable price while giving proceeds to School Garden Programs

Locations

Farms

Our Local Choice Organic Farms

Sage Mountain Farm

Because it's so easy for a conventional farm to contaminate an organic farm, we enjoy farming in the wilderness - far away from all conventional farms – and we practice and maintain organic, sustainable farming practices. All of our fruits and vegetables are grown on our family farm using sparkling clean natural well water and healthy organic processes. At our high desert property, we also use pure organic guidelines to raise steers, chickens, pigs and goats.

Avila and Sons Farms

Avila & Sons FarmsAvila and Sons Farms-owned by David Avila and located in Hanford, CA. David and his sons come down every weekend and participate in many markets including Pasadena on Thursday, Echo Park on Friday, Santa Monica on Saturday and Sunday as well as the new market in Chatsworth on Saturday. They specialize in dried fruits, nuts, nut butters, stone fruits, persimmons, cherries, figs, and more!

JR Organics

J.R. Organics is a certified (CCOF) organic vegetable farm and CSA located on the beautiful rolling hills of Valley Center in San Diego County, CA. The land was pioneered by the Rodriguez family in the early 1950’s, and is now farmed by Joe, Jr., 4th generation farmer. J R Organics is an old fashioned truck farm where at any given time of the year several different types of fruits and vegetables are being grown, many of them heirlooms

The produce you receive from J.R. Organics is grown using some of the best organic techniques available, including crop rotation, green manures, contour plowing, etc. In addition to compost, the fertilizers include rock phosphate, green sand, worm castings and minerals.

Together, Joe, Sr. and Jr., have over 100 years of farming experience and work to bring you the highest quality organic produce.

Tamai Farms

Located in Oxnard, Tamai farms is owned by Gloria Tamai. You can meet her and her family at the Wednesday Santa Monica farmers market as well as the Sunday Mar Vista market. Gloria is responsible for getting a salad bar into the Santa Monica school district....a project that took 10 years to implement! Gloria grows amazing greens as well as tomatoes, corn, green beans, beets, carrots, peppers, squash, and strawberries.

Tutti Fruiti Farms

When possible we get heirloom tomatoes and other great stuff from Tutti Frutti, a certified organic farm in Carpinteria, CA.

The Mud Creek Ranch

Certified Organic, Santa Paula

Avocados, grapfruit, oranges, lemons, tangerines, cherries, apricots and stone fruit. Meet them at Santa Monica Market on Wednesdays and Hollywood Market on Sundays.

Proceeds

Rio Vista Elementary

Uses the proceeds from the CSA California fundraiser to facilitate their Educational Garden Program.Each class has it's own bed and learn first hand the Organic and Sustainable mothods of growing food.

Muse School

At MUSE School we are so excited to be launching our 'Seed to Table' learning project. The children will be picking their own seeds, planting them and caring for them through harvest. At the time of harvest they will prepare meals using the foods they grow and learn the various methods of healthful preserving for the foods we want to store for future use.

Our goal is for the children to grow as much of our own food right here behind the kitchen! The rest we will supplement from local, organic farmers.

**Walgrove Elementary **
School Garden

Donations from CSA California benefit Walgrove Elementary's student body fund, which is used for bus and fee costs of field trips. The school has a garden that is already funded by a grant. Instead of funding the garden, CSA California is happy to provide a fundraiser for the school that is healthy. Hopefully other schools will be encouraged to institute healthy fundraisers as well. www.friendsofwalgrove.com Linwood Howe Elementary uses the proceeds from the CSA fundraiser in the following ways:

To maintain and enhance the Kindergarten Garden including purchasing plants and supplies to support the Kindergarten Gardening Project. The Kindergarten Gardening Project is a rotating planting project done by the Kindergarten children to learn about seed germinating, planting, and growing vegetables. To maintain several raised gardening beds enjoyed by the entire school to promote soil science and earth-to-table concepts. To purchase necessary materials for improving our recycling program. Linwood Howe parent volunteers are making great efforts at significantly reducing the amount of waste the school generates as well as improving recycling facilities at the school.

Thank you for making Linwood Howe Elementary School a CSA California Host Site.

Sincerely, Linwood Howe Green Team, Linwood Howe Boosters Club

East House
Urban Garden

Donations from CSA California benefit this Mar Vista intentional community that is creating a community workshop space where people can learn about urban farming, composting worms, and easy ways to create a garden in your own urban home (whether it's a studio apartment or a house with a large backyard). They take pride in their use of all organic seeds from Seeds of Change and the new Seed Library of Los Angeles. Check out the community at www.facebook.com/easthouseurbangarden

Holy Nativity Church

Donations from CSA California benefit the community garden at Holy Nativity and "Harvest Westchester" a program that delivers excess food to the Food Pantry of LAX. The garden is open to the entire community, not just church members, and hosts regular classes on urban, organic gardening.
To learn more visit: www.holynativityparish.org/communitygardenhn.php

Agape International Spiritual Center

CSA California donates to Agape and is working with Agape's Living Foods Ministry to create vertical gardens on the building. This inventive gardening technique will solve the center's problem of "not having space to garden". To learn more about Agape please visit: www.agapelive.com

Recipes

Tomatillo Salsa

Ingredients

Directions

Place tomatillos, onion, garlic, and chile pepper into a saucepan. Season with cilantro, oregano, cumin, and salt; pour in water. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until the tomatillos are soft, 10 to 15 minutes. Using a blender, carefully puree the tomatillos and water in batches until smooth.

Mashed Cauliflower (low carb)

Ingredients

Directions

Cut off generous florets off the main cauliflower stalk. Bring water to a boil in steamer and add your florets. If you want, you can add a sprig or two of your fresh herb, reserving some for later. Steam for 8-10 minutes or until you can easily pierce with a fork. Remove herb and discard. Remove florets from steamer and put in your food processor. Process lightly. Add your olive oil, margarine, and fresh herb and process until creamy. Add nutritional yeast, salt, and pepper, and process again to disperse. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.

Zucchini Fries

INGREDIENTS:

Preheat oven to 375. Line a baking sheet with foil. Combine lemon juice and oil in a small bowl. In another bowl, combine pecan meal, sesame seeds, paprika, and garlic salt. Coat zucchini slices in the lemon juice mixture and then coat them in the bread crumb mixture. Place on baking sheet.

Kale Stir Fry

And that's it. Let it cool slightly before serving and more of the sauce will adhere to the kale. Extra sauce is great served over brown rice.

Dressed Dandelion Greens w/ Sesame

Heat oil in pan on med/high. Add garlic and onions, sauté until onions are caramelized
Add dandelion greens, sauté until tender.
In a small bowl add vinegars then oils then honey. Whisk together
Put sautéed greens mixture in serving bowl and pour dressing over it and mix (it might not take the whole amount of dressing, so use as much as you would like. Add salt to the dressing and use the rest for salads!)
Add toasted sesame seeds, flax-meal, nutmeg, salt and pepper to taste and mix.

Broccoli Florette Soup

Steam broccoli until tender
Combine ingredients in an electric blender or food processor until completely smooth. Serve soup in bowl. Garnish with broccoli. Sprinkle olive oil and your favorite spices on top.

Here are a few ways you can use strawberries with other ingredients form your bag, if you don't eat the whole basket before you get home! :-)

Strawberry Tomato Salsa

Here's a great looking recipe you can change around a little if you don't have all the ingredients.

Directions

Combine strawberries, tomatoes, red onion, jalapeño, mint, cilantro, and lime zest in a large bowl and set aside. Whisk together lime juice, balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper in a small bowl and pour over the strawberry mixture. Toss gently to combine, cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 1 hour. Serve the same day

Cabbage Soup

Boil the beans until crunchy, then add the remaining ingredients, boil 30 minutes or until everything is soft. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Raw Strawberry and Tangerine Sorbet

Blend all ingredients until smooth and put it in the freezer for about 1.5 hours.