Food & Farming

Discover local farms, farmers' markets, grocery services and food-related organizations.

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3pm to 7pm every Thursday, rain or shine. The Ecology Center Farmers’ Markets are festive, family-friendly, open-air marketplaces where California farmers bring fresh, locally-grown produce and farm-processed foods to sell directly to consumers. Our markets feature fruits, vegetables, nuts, baked goods, jams and preserves, juices, olive oils, tofu, meat, cheese, prepared foods, nursery plants, and flowers. Often, musicians entertain the shoppers, and special events are scheduled throughout the year. We are committed to supporting small-scale farmers who practice sustainable agriculture, and we always accept WIC and EBT.

10am to 3pm every Saturday, rain or shine. The Ecology Center Farmers’ Markets are festive, family-friendly, open-air marketplaces where California farmers bring fresh, locally-grown produce and farm-processed foods to sell directly to consumers. Our markets feature fruits, vegetables, nuts, baked goods, jams and preserves, juices, olive oils, tofu, meat, cheese, prepared foods, nursery plants, and flowers. Often, musicians entertain the shoppers, and special events are scheduled throughout the year. We are committed to supporting small-scale farmers who practice sustainable agriculture, and we always accept WIC and EBT.

2pm to 6:30pm every Tuesday, rain or shine. The Ecology Center Farmers’ Markets are festive, family-friendly, open-air marketplaces where California farmers bring fresh, locally-grown produce and farm-processed foods to sell directly to consumers. Our markets feature fruits, vegetables, nuts, baked goods, jams and preserves, juices, olive oils, tofu, meat, cheese, prepared foods, nursery plants, and flowers. Often, musicians entertain the shoppers, and special events are scheduled throughout the year. We are committed to supporting small-scale farmers who practice sustainable agriculture, and we always accept WIC and EBT.

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Established in 2000 by Tom Zimmer and Susan Willsrud, the farm has experience much change and growth over 16 years. What began as a small CSA has become a thriving hub for on-farm field trips, workshops, farmer training program, animals, fiber production, and vegetable production. In the city of Fairbanks, Calypso engages with its community through the 5 school gardens of the School Gardens Initiative and the Southside Community Farmer’s Market.

Public interest organization dedicated to building a healthy, safe, and sustainable system of food production and consumption. Sustainable agriculture advocates with lots of work and info around genetic engineering. Serves as a global clearinghouse for information and grassroots technical assistance.

Buttercup Farms is non-profit whose primary mission can be summed up in the words “helping others help themselves”. It has a 25 year history of service providing a supportive environment for people with emotional, mental or physical challenges who seek change in their lives. Offers a CSA produce box for people in the Concord/Clayton area.

Snow Seed and Supplies Inc. are CCOF Certified Organic handler’s in both seed and vegetable transplants as we believe that this facilitates our farmer’s efforts to comply with the continuously changing environment. We are continuously focused on expanding our collective knowledge by engaging in trials, research, and farmer feedback in order to be a powerful tool to the community each and every season.

The Equitable Food Initiative is a unique partnership among businesses and organizations that have come together to develop standards, training processes and a certification to protect farm workers and produce safer, healthier food. This approach creates additional value and quality throughout the food system, benefiting workers, growers, retailers and consumers alike.

Sustainable organic wines, bread, olive oil, etc. Uses vegetable oil and solar energy to power their facilities and equipment.

APHIS provides leadership in ensuring the health and care of animals and plants.

Farmers' market Fridays, 8:00 to 14:00 open year-round.

Western SARE engages farmers and ranchers through requiring that all grant proposals include producer participation and demonstrate outreach to producers, assigning seats to producers on the decision-making Administrative Council, and sponsoring sub-regional listening sessions.

Organic farm in Southern California. Farm based education. Farm-to-school programs, cooking and gardening classes, farm festivals, guided tours, lectures, apprenticeships, and outreach and consultation to schools and communities nationwide. Farm is open to the public everyday from 10am until sunset. Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) offered with Tuesday and Thursday pickups.

Factsheet on Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) boxes. Local East Bay delivery options for fresh groceries straight from the farm to your home. EBT-accepted options available.

Farm Fuel Inc. was started by a group of successful farmers. Our overall company mission revolves around the idea of bringing organic farming and gardening techniques researched by universities into the industry of commercial farming and gardening.

The Natural Grocery Company's storied history (dating back to the early 1970s) is grounded in a desire to nourish our community through quality, organic, wholesome foods. We do the research, select the very best organic, local, Non-GMO products we can find and make them available for you to shop with ease and trust. In addition to sourcing top quality foods, we are committed to minimizing our impact on the environment through operational systems such as composting, recycling, and using 100% green power. Since 2002 our company has been employee owned.

Forest farm is an online mail-order nursery that grows and sells an extensive selection of hardy trees, shrubs, perennials, ground covers and native plants. Can search for plants and order online.

National association representing the organic industry in North America. Members include growers, shippers, processors, certifiers, farmer associations, brokers, consultants, distributors and retailers. Established in 1985 as the Organic Foods Production Association of North America, the Organic Trade Association works to promote organic products in the marketplace and to protect the integrity of organic standards. They have an organic directory of sellers and producers.

Open every Saturday 8:00am to 1pm all year-round.

Farm Folk/City Folk supports community-based sustainable food systems. They have done this by engaging in public education with farm and city folks; actively organizing and advocating around local, timely issues; building alliances with other organizations; and harnessing the energy of their volunteers.

Soil testing lab provides analytical and consulting services to all areas of the agricultural community.

Visit Our Farms and explore Sonoma County. You can also pick up or request a free Farm Trails Map & Guide to be sent to you. Fruits and vegetables are available directly from the farmer. Experience life on the farm with sheep, llamas, honey bees, butterflies and birds! Seasonal adventures include summertime berry picking, apple farms, pumpkins and gourds in the fall, Christmas trees in winter and baby animals and fields of flowers in the spring! Enjoy delightful wineries, breweries and cheese factories year-round.

The mill manufactures 100% organic poultry / chicken, livestock, and rabbit feed. Their core products include poultry feed, livestock feed, supplements and minerals, and bulk feed. Order products online or refer to their list of retailers.

California Certified Organic Farmers certifies growers who use organic methods according to State of CA regulations. CCOF also promotes organic awareness and education, and implements legislation. Has a comprehensive listing of farm internship opportunities on their web site.

The Center for Land-Based Learning is dedicated to creating the next generation of farmers and teaching California’s youth about the importance of agriculture and natural resource conservation.

3pm to 7pm every Thursday, rain or shine. The Ecology Center Farmers’ Markets are festive, family-friendly, open-air marketplaces where California farmers bring fresh, locally-grown produce and farm-processed foods to sell directly to consumers. Our markets feature fruits, vegetables, nuts, baked goods, jams and preserves, juices, olive oils, tofu, meat, cheese, prepared foods, nursery plants, and flowers. Often, musicians entertain the shoppers, and special events are scheduled throughout the year. We are committed to supporting small-scale farmers who practice sustainable agriculture, and we always accept WIC and EBT.

Full Belly is certified by California Certified Organic Farmers. The farm produces vegetables, herbs, nuts, flowers, and fruits year-round. Also sells organic wool. CSA members receive boxes of fresh produce, delivered (48 wks/yr) to neighborhood locations in the East Bay, South Bay, and San Rafael, as well as in Sacramento, Davis, and Woodland. Has a drop-off location at the Ecology Center in Berkeley.

Urban Adamah is an educational farm and community center in Berkeley, California dedicated to building more loving, just, and sustainable communities.

10am to 3pm every Saturday, rain or shine. The Ecology Center Farmers’ Markets are festive, family-friendly, open-air marketplaces where California farmers bring fresh, locally-grown produce and farm-processed foods to sell directly to consumers. Our markets feature fruits, vegetables, nuts, baked goods, jams and preserves, juices, olive oils, tofu, meat, cheese, prepared foods, nursery plants, and flowers. Often, musicians entertain the shoppers, and special events are scheduled throughout the year. We are committed to supporting small-scale farmers who practice sustainable agriculture, and we always accept WIC and EBT.

The Bay Area Seed Interchange Library (BASIL) Project is part of a growing network of concerned farmers and community gardeners dedicated to conserving the remaining genetic diversity of our planet’s seed stock. We have created a library of healthy vegetable, herb, and flower seeds that are available free to the public at the Ecology Center in Berkeley. BASIL hopes to encourage good growing techniques by offering seed saving classes, access to literature, and one-to-one help from experienced seed savers. We are a dynamic group that needs your support and involvement!

Grazing on the coastal hills of Pescadero, California, their cattle live the life of true herbivores—eating fiscal and native grasses. Originally getting into the cattle business for rangeland management tools, they discovered the need for healthy grassfed beef. Their cattle and ranch is certified Food Alliance, American Grassfed, and Animal Welfare Approved.

Organic Chef Catering is San Francisco’s source for innovative, fresh California Cuisine. Located in Potrero Hill, OCC provides executive level corporate breakfast and lunch catering for San Francisco and the surrounding bay area. Our mission is to provide a high-quality and reliable food delivery service using a unique blend of hand selected organic products.

2pm to 6:30pm every Tuesday, rain or shine. The Ecology Center Farmers’ Markets are festive, family-friendly, open-air marketplaces where California farmers bring fresh, locally-grown produce and farm-processed foods to sell directly to consumers. Our markets feature fruits, vegetables, nuts, baked goods, jams and preserves, juices, olive oils, tofu, meat, cheese, prepared foods, nursery plants, and flowers. Often, musicians entertain the shoppers, and special events are scheduled throughout the year. We are committed to supporting small-scale farmers who practice sustainable agriculture, and we always accept WIC and EBT.

MALT helps to protect Marin Country land from development and instead its usage for farming and rural housing. They offer hikes and tours to many of the family farms and ranches in Marin County, including dairies, cheesemakers, grass-fed beef operations, oyster farms, and historic ranches.

Grocery store in South and West Berkeley, carries wide range of organic produce. They carry borax and washing soda.

Farmers' Market on Sunday 8:00 to 13:00 open all year-round.

Factsheet on storing fruits and vegetables to extend their freshness.

A fundamental goal of The Humane Society of the United States is higher animal welfare standards on the farm. The Rural Development and Outreach program celebrates traditional farmers and ranchers who live up to such standards for the sake of animals, the land, and local communities. The program facilitates the connection of these farmers and ranchers to consumers who share humane values.

The worldwide umbrella organization of the organic agriculture movement with about 740 member organizations and institutions in over 100 countries all over the world. Provides a platform for global exchange and cooperation, and is committed to the development of organic farming systems, including maintenance of a sustainable environment.

Good Eggs brings local groceries right to you. Order online from the best local farmers & foodmakers, and your groceries are picked and prepped to order. They also operate in Los Angeles, New Orleans and Brooklyn.

The Aquaponics Institute adds capacity to Instructors, farm managers and owners by providing opportunities to learn, develop know-how and better understand practical Aquaponics management and operational technologies for the individual, community and the corporation. We will do this through a range of services in business and management training, events, workshops and seminars, coaching, research, publications and media.

The Little Acre is a Bay Area, mini-farming, consulting and maintenance business utilizing the principles of Permaculture and the methods of Biointensive farming to create productive and regenerative closed-loop systems. Our expertise helps create beautiful, edible and medicinal gardens that nourish the ecosystem and our clients while reconnecting them to the land. They also consult rainwater and greywater systems and do installations primarily with Greywater Action.

Serves six hot vegetarians meals 6 days a week, including Sundays. Provides solidarity and food for various peace and justice events. You can help cook, pick up, and deliver food. Meets at the Long Haul in Berkeley. They greatly appreciate food donations.

Makes an organic sake.

The Berkeley Food Institute at UC Berkeley, works to catalyze and support transformative changes in food systems, to promote diversity, justice, resilience, and health, from the local to the global. The College of Natural Resources, the Goldman School of Public Policy, the Graduate School of Journalism, Berkeley Law, and the School of Public Health at UC Berkeley have joined together to develop BFI. BFI creates and supports linkages between research, education, policy, practice, and social movements that pertain to the Institute's mission.

The Cloverleaf Farm is a four acre orchard outside of Davis, California, bursting with peaches, nectarines, apricots and figs. Emma Torbert leases the orchard from The Collins Farm and co-manages the farmstand. The farmstand, directly off of I-80 on Kidwell Exit, opens May 24th and will be selling pies, fresh juices, popsicles, blackberries, stone fruit, and organically grown vegetables from Hearty Fork Farm on Saturdays and Sundays. U-picks are every Saturday starting June 7th until August 23rd, 2014.

A grassroots, all-volunteer, 501(c)3 non-profit organization located in the East Bay of San Francisco. They harvest backyard fruit and donate to those in need.

Specializing in natural and organic foods. They also have a second location at 3501 MacArthur Blvd. 510-482-8178.

Fresh flowers are available as well as the weekly produce that should feed a family of 2-4. Serves Santa Cruz and surrounding counties.

The Rodale Institute Research Center conducts research on biologically sustainable farming, composting, rural development, and agricultural economics. They publish The New Farm with farmer-to-farmer information about profitable & biologically sustainable livestock & crop production, soil health practices, farmer centered marketing. They also publish Organic Gardening magazine monthly with a focus on non-chemical control of insects and diseases. E-mail contacts directed through form located here: http://www.rodaleinstitute.org/contact_form

Riverhill Farm had its start in 2001. Thanks to tremendous support for our endeavors from our community, today our farm produces a diverse mix of organic vegetables and fruits on ten acres, including many heirloom and specialty varieties. Many of our customers appreciate the farm for the beauty of the place itself, the last level terrain before a 1500 ft. drop into the canyon of the Yuba River.

The Food Shift Kitchen delivers great taste with great impact.  Their food services provide jobs for those with barriers to employment, while making the most of fresh ingredients from local suppliers that would have otherwise been wasted. Revenue generated supports their ongoing apprenticeships and job training program–it’s a win-win! Their food isn’t just good for the economy and the environment, it’s good on the taste buds too! Contact them for your next meeting, event, or conference. Their mailing address is different from their physical address. Physical Address: 677 W Ranger Ave, Alameda, CA 94501

A San Francisco Bay Area wide organization for vegans, vegetarians, vegan-inclined and interested people to find community & support for vegetarianism with like-minded folks.

A land-based, non-profit organization. It was founded in 1978 by a local citizens' action group—Women in Agriculture, Food Policy and Land Use Reform—to encourage more sustainable regional agriculture, Our mission is to promote small farm development by providing information and training for aspiring, beginning and transitioning farmers. We maintain an extensive resource collection; produce publications; develop and offer innovative, farmer-guided programs; and advocate for policies that encourage sustainable small-scale agriculture. We seek collaborative program-delivery partnerships with service providers—associates, on-farm mentors, organizations and agencies—throughout the Northeast and nationwide.

Food Runners is a San Francisco volunteer organization that picks up excess food from restaurants, bakeries, markets, hotels, conventions, even food photographers and delivers it to food programs in the city of San Francisco. Volunteers needed to pick up and deliver the donated food. A pick up and delivery is called a "run". A run usually takes less than an hour. Volunteers use their own cars and are dispatched by other volunteers who pick up donation offers from a central message number, then make calls from their own homes. Food Runners moves over four tons of food every week.

Through Ardenwood's educational programs, visitors can see and participate in many activities common to a turn-of-the-century farm. Weekdays, naturalists provide programs for school classes and other groups by reservation. Non-reservation weekend programs include the planting, tending and harvesting of Ardenwood's organic crops, farm chore demonstrations, and hands-on experiences for the whole family. They offer tours of the Patterson house on the property; to set a tour up call 510-791-4196.

Grounded in a values-based approach to land stewardship, Fifth Crow Farm is a dynamic and diversified organic farm in Pescadero, CA. Primarily a market farm selling to farmers’ markets and restaurants in San Francisco and San Mateo County, they also have a 150 member community supported agriculture (CSA).

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