IRC Community Supported Agriculture - Spring CSA
IRC Community Supported Agriculture – Spring Season Starts Janauary 9th!
IRC’s Spring 2014 CSA on Thursday, January 9 and will run through April 17/18, 2014. The fall season sold out; don’t be disappointed as you embrace your New Year’s resolution for a healthier you - register now!
The IRC in San Diego’s popular Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) continues to bring you weekly deliveries of farm fresh, locally grown, healthy produce grown by refugee farmers eager to rebuild their lives in the US through the IRC’s Agripreneur Training Program (ATP).
What is a CSA?
How does this work?
1) The Spring CSA is for 5, 10, or 15 weeks.
2) Decide what size bag you want: Abundant or Generous
3) Determine pick-up location of your choice (see below)
4) Pick up your produce! Be sure to bring a bag, box, or tote to carry your veggies home.
How much does it cost?
Some call it "large" - we call it the "Abundant Bag": Family/friends (average of 12 items/week): $25
Some call it "small" - we call it the "Generous Bag": Individual/Couple (average of 8 items/week): $20
NEW this season: The IRC CSA is partnering with IRC’s Youth Food Justice Program at Crawford and Hoover High Schools. Each year, the program provides 100 refugee, immigrant and inner city youth with training in basic gardening and nutrition, support in building their leadership and advocacy skills, and opportunities for life skills mentoring and vocational development training. The program hopes to raise enough funds to buy one abundant bag for each of the campuses. You can help: when signing up via the registration page, you can elect to make an optional contribution of $0.50/week ($2.50 for your five-week commitment, $5.00 for 10 weeks, or $7.50 if you are signed up for the entire 15 week season). This is entirely optional. The produce from these boxes will support the nutrition education component and go to the participating youths’ homes at the end of the day, enriching their and their families’ diets with healthy, locally grown produce.
What do other people think about this?
This is what some of the CSA members have to say about the fall/winter season:
- "My husband is a chef; he is really impressed by how fresh everything is."
- "The watermelon last week was wonderful - best I've had all year!"
- "As someone who purchases healthy mostly-organic food every week from local stores and farmers' markets, I can't believe the quality and tastiness of our CSA food."
- "We love what we've gotten. We just ate some string beans tonight, delish!"
I want to sign up! It is easy to sign up:
1) Call 619 641 7510, x278 or
When and where are the pick up locations?
Choose from these convenient pick up locations:
|IRC office in City Heights|
4 – 6pm
5348 University Avenue, Ste 115,
San Diego, CA 92105
|Waldorf School of San Diego (City Heights)|
9:30am to 2pm
3547 Altadena Avenue
San Diego, CA 92105
|Tiger! Tiger! Tavern (North Park)|
6pm to midnight
3025 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA 92104
Downtown El Cajon Farmers' Market
Alchemy Restaurant (South Park)
Or get delivery to your door (with a minimum of six subscribers at your location: please contact Ralph.Achenbach@Rescue.org to set up delivery to your home or office).
What if I don’t need this many vegetables each week?
You can share your box. You pick up one week, your friend the next, and so on. Or opt for the small box. And you can always can or freeze any leftovers.
Is the produce organic?
The produce is grown with all natural inputs and sustainable farming methods that are essentially identical to those used in organic farming. Organic certification, however, is extremely costly, and by law produce that is not certified or registered as organic cannot be referred to as such. You can rest assured though that your vegetables will have never been in contact with any synthetic fertilizer, chemical pesticides or other harmful substances.
What to expect fresh from the farm this spring:
• And so much more!
Where is the produce grown?
The produce is grown as part of the IRC in San Diego’s Agripreneur Training Program (ATP). ATP is a hands-on beginning farmer training program to assist refugees in farming as a business. ATP participants receive classroom, field-based training and 1-on-1 technical assistance in farm business planning, marketing, production and land acquisition. The farm training site is located on an 80-acre farm in the beautiful Pauma Valley. Currently, IRC is leasing 20-acres and training about 20 refugee farmers in commercial farming business operations. Additionally, the farm will grow into a farm incubator as IRC subleases land to graduating ATP participants.
Who are the farmers?
Your produce will be grown by refugees participating in ATP. One group of eleven woman farm collectively as “Bahati Mamas Produce.” They are Bantu refugees who were displaced from their farming homes by the brutal civil war in Somalia. After nearly 17 years in the uncertainty of refugee camps, the mamas were given a chance to start over in the US. Many of them are single mothers who lost their husbands to the violence in Somalia. Through enormous tenacity and perseverance, they built new lives for themselves and their children, once again on the foundation of farming. In their native language, Kizigua, “bahati” means “lucky.” The “Bahati Mamas” consider themselves lucky to have this opportunity and are committed to bringing you the finest quality produce.
The other farmers hail from Afghanistan, Burma, Burundi, Bhutan, Congo, Iraq, Uganda and Uzbekistan. Most of them have been life-long farmers as well who strive to rebuild productive lives in their new communities. The CSA provides them with an opportunity to have a secure market for the wonderful produce they grow and harvest and to provide an income for themselves and their families.
How does this benefit the farmers?
By joining the CSA, you help the farmers reduce the time necessary for marketing their produce, allowing them to focus on farming, and ensure they get paid fairly and on time.
How does this benefit me?
By joining the CSA, you will get to eat food at its very freshest, most flavorful and nutrient dense. You will also learn about new vegetables and inspiring ways to prepare them. You will also have an opportunity to visit the farm and get to know the farmers who grow your food. Plus, you will enjoy the good conscience of eating a chemical-free diet while supporting refugees who are rebuilding productive lives for themselves and their families.
How do I sign up?
Please use this link to sign up if you intend to pay with a credit/debit card.
For more information, please contact Ralph.Achenbach@Rescue.org or +1 619 641 7510 x278.