You’ve heard the buzzword sustainable. At Edible San Diego, we’ve certainly been talking about it for years. Over time, it’s become clear that the natural systems that enable us to grow food (soil, air, water, and local communities of plants and animals) have seen more and more damage, so we must go beyond sustaining the status quo to actually repair them.
Opinions differ, but if we look at agriculture as an opportunity to not only address climate change, but to support healthy people and healthy natural systems... well, then we’re really on to something good.
Wendell Berry has called people who dedicate their lives to producing food in ways suited to a particular place “craftsmen of the highest order.” As eaters, our future looks brighter if it’s filled with diverse farmers and ranchers using old and new ways to work with nature.
Hero image: What was once potato fields is now a lush space for native grasses that feed Pasturebird's chickens. Through biomimicry, agriculture can help to restore nutrients in the soil, which in kind brings added benefits like moisture retention and carbon sequestration. The most incredible thing about it is what you don't smell. Image: Maria Hesse.
Agrarian Craft Urban Farm - Carlsbad
Agua Dulce Farm - South Bay
Coastal Roots Farm - Encinitas
The Ecology Center - Encinitas/San Juan Capistrano
Enjoy the Farm - Valley Center/Encinitas
Indian Summer Farm - Escondido
Jared's Real Food - Lakeside
Pasturebird - Oak Grove
Perennial Pastures Ranch- Santa Ysabel
Primal Pastures - Murrieta
Rio Del Rey Heirloom Beans - San Luis Rey River
Sage Hill Ranch Gardens - Escondido
Sand n’ Straw Farm - Vista
Solidarity Farm - Pauma Valley
Terra Madre Gardens - Escondido
Wild Willow Farm & Education Center - South Bay
*This growing list was compiled with help from farmersfootprint.us, an Encinitas-based nonprofit advancing awareness, education, and economy in an effort to increase regenerative farming practices.
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