Community Information Database

Organic Harvest Month


The farm fields in and around Santa Cruz County were made famous in John Steinbeck’s novels. But long before Surfing Culture or the mantra To Keep Santa Cruz Weird, our community’s identity was deeply rooted in agriculture. Monocrops like artichokes, strawberries, and brussel sprouts may prevail in our industrial farm fields but Santa Cruz County is special for its unique and close history with the Organic Food Movement.

Much of this notoriety is owed to Alan Chadwick, a master gardener and leading innovator of organic farming methodologies, who laid the foundation for the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, or CASFS, by way of the Student Garden Project in 1967. Santa Cruz County continues to host committed visionaries, creative in their collective goal of creating a healthier and more sustainable approach to farming.

This September, the Community Information Database draws recognition to Organic Harvest Month, an observance designed to bring awareness to the benefits and practices of organic agriculture while encouraging use of certified organic products. And luckily for us, Santa Cruz County is uniquely fortunate in our access to organic and farm fresh food.

Consider these local options for celebrating Organic Harvest Month

  • Visit the Market Cart, part of The Farm & Garden of CASFS, for access to organic produce and flowers grown onsite.

  • Support or volunteer with the Wild Farm Alliance, who promotes healthy, viable agriculture that helps protect and restore wild nature.

  • Visit one of our five certified Community Farmers Market for not only for the best regional organic produce but to talk and meet directly with the growers themselves.

  • Harvest local and organic produce yourself through a Seasonal U-Pick at a Live Earth Farm.

Whether it be youth empowerment or rewriting policy on sustainability, take a look at our Featured Agencies below for more local organizations who focus on organic farming to strengthen their message.

Featured Agencies

  • Agri-Culture, Inc.
    Most of the country’s population now lives in urban areas, yet it makes political decisions concerning land and agriculture. Farmers constantly make e...   [Full Record]  
  • California Certified Organic Farmers
    We support and promote organic through certification, education, and advocacy. ELIGIBILITY: Organic farms, organic processors, and supporting members...   [Full Record]  
  • Community Alliance with Family Farmers
    Central Coast office Founded in 1978, the Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) is a California-based nonpr...   [Full Record]  
  • Costanoa Commons
    Costanoa Commons began with friendships between families whose disabled children range in age from 17-30. Knowing how important friendships are, we en...   [Full Record]  
  • FoodWhat!
    “Food, What?!” is a youth empowerment and food justice organization using food, through sustainable agriculture and health, as the vehicle for youth t...   [Full Record]  
  • Organic Farming Research Foundation
    Physical Address: 303 Potrero St., Ste. 29-203 Santa Cruz, CA 95060 OFRF initiates research into organic farming methods, disseminates research result...   [Full Record]  
  • Santa Cruz Community Farmer's Market
    For over 20 years Santa Cruz Community Farmers’ Markets (SCCFM) has been committed to your health and to the health of the local economy. SCCFM cur...   [Full Record]  
  • The Ecological Farming Association
    EcoFarm is a non-profit educational organization founded in 1981. For over three decades, EcoFarm has facilitated the inception and continued developm...   [Full Record]  
  • Wild Farm Alliance
    The Wild Farm Alliance (WFA) was established by a group of wildlands proponents and ecological farming advocates who share a concern for the land and ...   [Full Record]