The new year has begun, and today a new chapter in our work begins. We’re proud to introduce you to Coastal Roots Farm.
Coastal Roots Farm is a nonprofit educational community farm where we nourish connections—to ourselves, our neighbors, and the land. Inspired by Jewish wisdom and centuries-old agricultural traditions, we practice sustainable farming and share our harvest with communities that lack access to healthy food. The goal is to become a model for community farming and creative Jewish expression, both at home in Encinitas, California, and around the world.
The Leichtag Foundation has been incubating Coastal Roots Farm and will continue to be a key supporter, but we are excited for opportunities to bring in many other supporters and stakeholders and for Coastal Roots Farm to become a vibrant, independent organization.
Coastal Roots Farm was established in response to North County residents’ interest in sustainability, Jewish community, and social justice, and to the high number of low-income households currently lacking regular access to fresh, healthy food.
Coastal Roots Farm will occupy a significant footprint at the Leichtag Foundation property in Encinitas and is a part of a growing movement of Jewish community farms around the country. Our Director of Agricultural Innovation and Development Daron “Farmer D” Joffe will serve as interim Executive Director of Coastal Roots Farm during the incubation period. We will continue to learn, experiment, evolve, and share as we grow.
Stay tuned for more. Until then, we hope to see you here on Sunday October 4th for Sukkot Harvest Festival: some assembly* required.