John Givens has been growing Organic Vegetables, Strawberries and Melons in the fertile Goleta Valley in Santa Barbara since 1980. The excellent climate here allows us to farm 12 months a year, that's 52 productive weeks of Organic Farming!
We have a 'shotgun' approach to planting - not too deep in any one item, but we have a broad availability all year 'round. We grow many types of leafy greens during the cooler months - beets, chards, kales, lettuces, endive, escarole, frisee, dandelions, mustard, bunching greens like parsley, cilantro, mizuna, other herbs like fennel, arugula, baby spinach, basil, leeks, onions, collards. Also Nantes carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, celery, cabbages, radish, peas and beans,
In the spring and summer we add summer and winter squash, cucumbers, Strawberries, tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, romas, bell peppers - green and colored, then Ambrosia canteloupe, canary melon, galia, honeydew, orange honeydew, orange sherbet, and sharlyn.
In 2008 we started our CSA. We're trying now to expand membership to make our CSA more financially viable for the farm. If you live in the Santa Barbara area, please go to our website and read about our CSA. Joining a CSA gives you the opportunity to eat high quality, local Organic vegetables WITHOUT the giant carbon footprint usually attributed to the transportation of vegetables. In addition, it gives members the opportunity to invest in local agriculture to preserve this great opportunity for their families and for future generations as well as keeping local agriculture and organic farming alive.
CSA - Pickup and delivery every Wednesday, 52 weeks per year, fresh organic local vegetables and ocassional fruit all picked fresh.
Season: Year round
Type: single farm
Full Share: "Small Box" = $150 for 6 weeks, Large Box - $300 for 6 weeks, Add $5 for local home deliveries.
Work Req? No
Tuesday - Santa Barbara, 3pm-6pm
Thursday - Carpinteria and Goleta - 3pm-6pm
Saturday - Santa Barbara - 8am-noon, Calabassas 8-noon, Burbank 8-1pm
Sunday - Encino - 8am-noon, Ojai - 8am-noon, Hollywood - 8am-noon, Pacific Palisades - 8am-noon, Costco in Goleta - 9am-1pm, Studio City - 8am-noon, Larchmont - 8am-1pm, Mar Vista - 8am-1pm
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