Welcome to Rancho de los Proyectos, Ranch of Projects, where we specialize in seasonal produce including tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, onions, garlic, herbs, broccoli, cauliflower, and citrus. We are a very small family farm with a micro-CSA. We started gardening here about 10 years ago just to provide vegetables for our family because we think home-grown organic food tastes better, is more nutritious, and is better for the environment. Things then grew a bit out of hand, so that we started to provide food to friends and neighbors and now to several families through our CSA. In addition to vegetables we have about 40 fruit trees, raise chickens for eggs and meat, and we have put in a 2nd garden and many new raised beds to accommodate the increased variety of vegetables we grow. We have become passionate about many aspects of food, including food politics, food security, food access, growing food sustainably, cooking food, preserving food, farmworker issues, food as fuel, local and international food cultures, food processing, food labeling, sharing food, and of course eating food. As educators (Becky is a biologist and Erik a geology professor at CSUSB), we love to give farm tours and are also interested in food education at all levels from breastfeeding infants to adult consumers and beyond. There are a few food-related organizations in the area with similar interests that we participate with, including Slow Foods Redlands, Label GMOs and Green Mamas Buying Club. Not all of our projects at the Ranch are directly about food. We also enjoy other homesteading activities. We have solar panels, work on energy conservation, and make compost. We also can, dry and freeze our food; spin, knit, crochet, tat, dye and grow cotton and dye materials (and are working towards getting sheep and silk worms); make soaps, lotions, scrubs, lip balm, shampoo and other body care products; grow and assemble herbal teas for drinking, baths and steams; etch and paint glass; pick olives for very small batch olive oil; homeschool; and we are involved in several additional community organizations, including La Leche League and Code Pink/Women for Peace. Interestingly, all these organizations do involve food at least to some degree.
Season: Year round
Type: single farm
# of Shares: 30
Share Prices: $20/week or biweekly. 2-Month commitment to start.
Work Req? No
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Schedule and Location:
Grove School, Iowa St., Redlands, CA. Saturday, 8:00-noon.
Garlic Serrano ranch sauce, salsa, 6 types of hot sauce, produce. Sell to schools, buying clubs, coops and restaurants.
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