We know that change is hard. Farming teaches us that we must constantly adapt to changing weather and growing conditions and find ways to be resourceful and sustainable. After a considerable amount of thought and discussion, we’ve decided that its time to say farewell to our CSA weekly produce box program as you know it. When our winter CSA ends on March 4, 2020, this will be the last box pick up day. We recognize that this change may come as a disappointment and a surprise to some of you. Rest assured that a new and exciting Friend of the Farm Card program will be introduced to our supporters very soon, but for now we wanted to clearly explain the 3 main challenges with the food box program that forced this change.
These days a number of food box options are offered by large corporations featuring door-to-door service and other convenience options. Competing in this type of business space does not further the mission and goals of our nonprofit organization. Soil Born Farms’ unique asset is our 55 acre urban farm and Center for Food, Health & the Environment. Welcoming our community onto the farm connects people directly with their food, builds relationships, addresses food access challenges, provides hands-on educational opportunities and job training while accomplishing the important goals of our nonprofit organization.
While there is a beauty to the idea of customers getting a box of seasonal produce that we select throughout the season, this approach historically has led to the inclusion of items in a box that customers simply do not use and end up in the compost pile or trash.
We have also heard consistently that customers want more choice on the items in their box. The for-profit food industry has responded with more diverse food options for their customers, many of which are sourced from long distances. This approach was never our intent with the food box program and the ever present need to produce 7 to 10 diverse items each week for all of the boxes has proven very difficult. Often times, we have responded to this demand by attempting to plant crops that are difficult to produce in our growing conditions, resulting in increased labor costs, crop loss, and decreased abundance of the select crops that we grow very well.
We are working on a new program to continue to bring fresh organically grown produce and more to your family at affordable prices. We’ll keep you posted.
You can purchase our produce at the farmstand.
Our Saturday farmstand will open on April 4 through December 12. Check the website for hours and details.
We plan to add a mini farmstand on Wellness Wednesdays in June.
Look for Soil Born produce at the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op too.
We would love to see you at the farm and hope that we can count on your continued support and embrace this change together.
Shawn Harrison, Co-Director
Janet Zeller, Co-Director
Tyler Stowers, Farm Manager
If you wish to speak to a member of our farm team more about the reasons behind this decision call 916.363.9685 ext. 1005 or contact Shawn, Janet or Tyler.