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Building a transformative community farm

An abundant future is possible

Building a transformative community farm

Imagine twenty years from now…

Eating local, organic produce is commonplace, not relegated to fine dining. It is a core component of each and every neighborhood and community and a staple in school cafeterias and local groceries. Our children are nourished and families have a relationship with their local farm and farmer and can buy local organic produce to fill their plates. Underserved communities have access to culturally relevant local, organic fruits, veggies, and grains. Our children see where their food comes from and know that food grows from seeds in the ground in their region and not in a factory field far away.

Imagine that local organic isn’t a marketing tool, but a way of life. Making and building the products we use every day happens locally, meaning that everything you and your family need to thrive is made within your community. Our community lives in harmony with nature and is connected to each other.

We aim to be the best for the world as we transcend food and shift our culture to give more than it takes.

An abundant future is possible.

We believe in a better world

How we’ve designed the world around us has not nourished our children, communities, or the planet. Not only are we not connected to nature, we’re not connected to each other, leading to a negative impact on our environment and decay of our culture.

Now we believe that here, in Southern California, in a county named after a fruit tree, we can show our children what a healthy future looks and tastes like. We believe that we can be more connected to each other, integrated with the world around us, and design our world consciously and beautifully in harmony with nature.

In 10 years, we’ve transformed a dirt lot into a thriving ecosystem. Our one-acre model shows how an ecological oasis designed around permaculture principles can transform a community and culture. The City of San Juan Capistrano has unanimously supported an expansion of our facility and programming into the adjacent 140-year-old, 28-acre historic farm so that we may apply the same philosophy at scale. Growing local food for local people without harming our ecosystem is our model for a regenerative agriculture that can re-establish our relationship to food and each other.

This farm becomes the platform through which we can achieve a cultural shift that transcends food not only for our community but the three million people who surround it.

As we expand our footprint, we have an opportunity to scale our impact and focus our efforts on three core pillars: Grow, Eat, Make.

grow

We will transform our community’s relationship with agriculture from disconnection to connection:

  • Expand our community’s literacy to food and where food comes from through on-site experiences (farm tours, workshops, festivals, u-pick)
  • Train and incubate the next generation of farmers and farms (Design and build the exemplary model of ecological/regenerative agriculture for Southern California)
  • Develop a distribution system (food aggregator) to get local, organic food into the hands-on schools, chefs and households
eat

We will transform our children’s and community’s relationship with food from commodity to nourishment

  • Expand our community’s literacy to food through on-site experiences (cafe, culinary education, food programming)
  • Train and incubate the next generation of chefs and food service leaders
  • Develop a distribution system (food aggregator) to get local, organic food into the hands of schools, families and underserved communities
Make

We will transform our community’s relationship to consumption from global to local

  • Develop a cultural hub for creatives and local artisans- expand our communities literacy to local makers through on-site experiences (workshops, residencies, retail)
  • Train and incubate the next generation of makers and artists
  • Provide a platform for local consumption in food, agriculture, and artisan goods

Together, we will build a world-class community farm and learning institute that expands our community’s exposure to agriculture, food, and artisan culture. The infrastructure built on site will become the training hub and launch pad for this fundamental shift, and the educational experiences received onsite will result in more farms, more farmers, and more food for our entire region.

Our approach to culture shift is bioregional. This project not only seeks to model a new future but guide its journey throughout the region. Our outposts in Encinitas and Irvine become distribution hubs and equally important cultural centers for their community. This model then replicates, by design as we work to build The Ecology Center in each and every community.

We aim to be the best for the world as we transcend food and shift our culture to give more than it takes.

An abundant future is possible.