The West Sacramento Urban Farm Program is now enrolling members for the 2019 SoLocal weekly veggie box season. Each week members receive a box full of hyperlocal produce, grown by beginning farmers as part of a Farm Business Incubator Program run by the Center for Land-Based Learning. In fact, the farmers are so local that you can visit their farms and meet them.
The West Sacramento Urban Farm Program addresses the needs of beginning farmers by providing access to land, infrastructure, and ongoing training, while also creating meaningful ways to interact and engage with our local community.
Bernal says, “by signing up for the SoLocal Veggie Box you are directly supporting 18 beginning farmers in your area to run their sustainable small farm businesses and strengthen our local food system.”
Subscribers can expect a variety of veggies, fruit, herbs and flowers in their boxes each week. These beginning farmers are committed to providing the highest quality products to create an incredibly diverse produce box. Farmers harvest just hours before your box is delivered.
“As a first-time customer, my experience was amazing! I really appreciated the variety of fruits and vegetables in the box. It made me step out of my comfort zone and eat things I would not usually buy,” says Alicia Doktor, a 2018 SoLocal Veggie Box member.
All farms are owned and operated independently and represent the next generation of farmers strengthening our local food system. The first veggie box delivery of the season is Tuesday, June 18th. The 20 week season runs through October 29. There are pick up locations in West Sacramento, Midtown Sacramento and Davis.
“Giving beginning farmers the support they need to get their small scale sustainable farms up and running while providing the highest quality, best-tasting produce to our local community members is truly what drives the SoLocal CSA,” says Ms. Bernal.
The SoLocal Veggie Box is run by the West Sacramento Urban Farm Program and is made possible by support from Wells Fargo and the City of West Sacramento. For more information and to subscribe: https://landbasedlearning.org/veggies.