San Diego farms
Want fresh vegetables? Now you can pick up garden-fresh produce in El Cajon or City Heights—or have it delivered directly to your home, all while helping local refugees from war-torn nations.
To get started, just join the International Rescue Committee’s community supported agriculture (CSA) program for this summer season. Participants will receive a colorful share of farm-fresh and local vegetables grown by refugee farmers participating in IRC’s sustainable agriculture program.
Our Guide to Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms in East County
Updated January 27, 2013
By Ariele Johannson
Note: Please help us update this directory. If you know of any CSA programs we missed, please contact Ariele at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Farmers: Please send in any changes and visit our blog to connect with other farmers to help create a self-sufficient East County.
January 26, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--Eating healthy means including plenty of fresh foods-- and the freshest of all are those grown here in East County. Have you thought about allotting part of your food budget to locally-grown organic fruits, vegetables, milk, meats, and more?
July 4, 2012 (Valley Center and Pauma Valley)– San Diego Farm Bureau’s latest farm tour offered guests the opportunity to visit four unique farms including a citrus ranch, vineyard, cactus farm, and ranch raising turkeys and other livestock. Tour-goers met with farmers, took a tractor-ride, and learned about the joys and challenges of local farming.
It may surprise you to learn that San Diego County is home to more small farms (under 10 acres) than any other county in America. Some are generations old, while others are new businesses sprouting up in the fertile soils of our sunny inland regions.
In honor of Harold Hilliker Farm Day at Lakeside Middle School, videographer Billy Ortiz created a video documentary tour of local agricultural sites
Story, photos and video by Billy Ortiz
June 30, 2012 (Lakeside)-- Lakeside Middle School held its first annual Harold Hilliker Farm Day on May 30. It was a day full of information on agriculture, highlighting several Lakeside farms for the 6th and 7th graders.
View a special video tour of local farms in Lakeside created for the Lakeside Historical Society by clicking this link.
In addition, view a presentation at Lakeside Middle School by freelance videographer Billy Ortiz here.
September 12, 2011 (Escondido) – Get a close-up look at what fresh and local agriculture is all about from those who know it best: San Diego farmers! On Saturday, Oct. 15, six local growers will open their farms to the public for San Diego County Farm Bureau’s second annual Farm Tour Day, with guided walking tours from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Tours start at each farming operation every half hour, allowing visitors to chart their own course and choose which farms—and in which order—they would like to visit.
April 24, 2011 (Valley Center) – Visiting season begins April 29 at at Keys Creek Lavender Farm in Valley Center. Fragrant and beautiful, more than two dozen types of certified organic lavender bloom on the farm, which also features a gift shop, walking tours, classes, distillation demonstrations, speakers and tips for cooking with lavender herbs. The farm is open to visitors on Fridays, Satudays and Sundays through June.
Several special events are also planned for this spring and summer, including a Mother’s Day brunch on April 8th and a Forage Dinner on June 25th. Reservations are strongly recommended, since these popular events do sell out.