Model for Good Food
Our organic garden offers a replicable and scalable model for creating a sustainable community resource for good, healthy food. The Production Farm has 15,000 square feet of land dedicated to orchards and organic crops. Last year, our Production Farm generated over 730 lbs. of healthy fruits and vegetables!
We also ensure that the fresh ingredients grown in our Production Farm and school gardens are put back into our food cycle. Our farm ensures that we grow, educate, and feed good food into tomorrow!
Research shows that involving children in our farm and learning gardens or a school gardening program may do more than cultivate a green thumb. In one study, elementary school children showed increased willingness to try new foods after growing and cooking in a school-based kitchen and gardening program.
Frequently Asked Questions
We use the food we grow to prepare meals both for our programs, as well as in our emergency food boxes that provide groceries and meals to food insecure families.
We have a parent garden committee that help to both operate and make decisions about the campus gardens, including what is grown. Our farm manager is Juan Martinez, a long-time Community Action Marin employee.
We love having children involved. They learn how to grow things and are more likely to eat the foods they’ve been involved in growing.
Since July 2020 the farm produced 1300 pounds of food including: Apples 147 pounds, Cabbage: 56 pounds, Peppers: 25 pounds; Tomatoes: 178 pounds, Cucumbers: 375 pounds, and zucchini: 218 pounds!
Growing a Garden into a Production Farm!
A longtime highlight of our Children and Family Services, our Learning Gardens program is growing in exciting ways to increase healthy eating choices and access to fresh fruits and vegetables among the families we serve.
We know that climate change is increasingly a driver of migration around the world, especially for families who have been displaced from their agrarian roots due to drought and extreme weather conditions. Having the opportunity to farm and garden in a community setting increases food security and healthy eating while strengthening their relationship to the land, their culture and their ancestors.
Patti D’Angelo Juachon
Environment and Legal Protection
Marin Community Foundation