Join us for a celebration of community, culture, and our shared commitment to an abundant future for all on September 18th and 25th.

Green Feast is a special event that invites our entire community to an elegant evening of revelry at The Ecology Center. This cornerstone annual event invites everyone within our Village to see and experience new developments on the farm. From catching up with old friends to forming new connections, from relaxing in the beautiful environment that their support has helped to create to learning from seminal figures in agroecology (such as Alice Waters, etc.), Green Feast is a key opportunity to expand our vision of what a healthy future can be.

* Updated 08/13/21 * In an effort for a more personal and intimate experience, and with the health and safety of our community as a priority, we have adapted our offering this year. Two dates are available with tickets available in increments of 4 guests as Table RSVPs. To accommodate social distancing individual ticket purchases will not be available this year. 

Heading now into its 13th year, our 2021 Green Feast serves as both a relaunch of our vision and an introduction into our newest stage of evolution.

Not only will this be our first farm dinner since the year-long programming hiatus during lockdown, but it’s also the first dinner we’ve hosted since expanding our farm from a single acre to 28 acres. This year’s celebration is a special opportunity to revel in the tangible expansion of our movement while recognizing the profound potential of this little farm to change the world.

Our Theory of Change

Real cultural shifts can happen through educating and training toward the goals of improving systems and behavior.

Our 28 acre regenerative and organic farm in San Juan Capistrano and our 10 acre regenerative organic school farm in Encinitas both serve critical functions for an ecological food future. By growing and distributing the highest quality ingredients, The Ecology Center is creating a critical source of nourishment for our shared communities, demonstrating the impact, value, and need for a local, resilient food-system, and educating the future generation of farmers, chefs, and community members.

Join Us At The Table

Under the direction of our first Chef-in-Residence, Tim Byres, Green Feast 2021 takes its cue from our seminal dinner series HEARTH, which showcases our ongoing effort to unearth an authentic bioregional farm cuisine. Along with an exquisite culinary experience prepared on-site by Chef Byres and his team, as well as our annual auction and live entertainment, this year’s Green Feast promises to be a celebration unlike any other. Come break bread with us and enjoy the fruits of our shared labor.

Join Us At The Table

Under the direction of our first Chef-in-Residence, Tim Byres, Green Feast 2021 takes its cue from our seminal dinner series HEARTH, which showcases our ongoing effort to unearth an authentic bioregional farm cuisine. Along with an exquisite culinary experience prepared on-site by Chef Byres and his team, as well as our annual auction and live entertainment, this year’s Green Feast promises to be a celebration unlike any other. Come break bread with us and enjoy the fruits of our shared labor.

Along with providing a rare opportunity for our staff, supporters, and local community to connect, Green Feast is a vital fundraising function for The Ecology Center’s work. This year’s celebration is a push to raise $5 million for the expansion of our Culinary Center.

Positioned at the heart of our regenerative farm, the Culinary Center will be a world-class demonstration of what an ecological food future looks like. By amplifying our values and programming for a broader audience, we can create new channels for providing vital nourishment and rebuilding our ecology.

Guided by our belief that food is our most powerful level for shifting culture, our expanded Culinary Center will help The Ecology Center reach more of tomorrow’s leaders through three strategic channels:

MODEL

We have the opportunity to showcase the value of a resilient foodshed to 15 million community members in a 75 mile radius.

  • Engaging our community through culinary workshops as well as farm tours and festivals that celebrate seasonal flavors
  • Educating children with “real food experiences” through on-site programming

NOURISH

The Ecology Center works with food insecure families to close the accessibility gap to local, regenerative, organic food.

  • Supplying local homes with farm-fresh ingredients through Farm Share
  • Treating our community to healthy, farm-grown meals in our cafe and restaurant
  • Sharing 20% of what we grow with food-insecure families in our community

MENTOR

Educational programming for children, community members, and future farmers is our priority.

  • Inspiring culinary creatives through intensive research and development of our bioregion’s food “voice”
  • Training tomorrow’s culinary leaders in an agroecological consumption model
  • Incubating community-based farms across Southern California through our farmer apprenticeship program

MODEL

Reviving the Community Farm on 28 acres in South Orange County. We have the opportunity to showcase the value of a resilient foodshed to 15 million community members in a 75 mile radius. The Ecology Center isn’t the last local farm of the 21st century, but the first of a new model for food.

NOURISH

The Ecology Center works with food insecure families to close the accessibility gap to local, fresh, regenerative, organic food. Beyond sharing ingredients, our farm is a space to grow food literacy, connect to culture and community through cooking classes and inspiring experiences.

Children gathered around table prepping veggies.

MENTOR

Educational programming for children, community members, and future farmers is our priority. Our Farmer Apprentice Training will provide the immersive experience necessary to replicate the work done at The Ecology Center on new farms throughout the region.

Your commitment to financial support sustains our efforts for ecological and social change. We thank you for partnering with us in pursuit of a healthy future for people and planet, and look forward to sharing this beautiful evening with you.