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Green Gal's Garden is a small market garden and community supported agriculture (CSA) program in the Santa Cruz mountains of California with a mission to support a local, sustainable, and resilient food economy in which people can more easily make healthy food choices that reflect their values.


What's a market garden?

A market garden is a garden that produces vegetables and fruits for sale to the community. In other words, it's a mini-farm that uses human-scale equipment and tools to grow a lot of food in a small space. Green Gal's Garden is hand-cultivated, meaning that very few (if any) machines are used for tilling, harvesting, or other gardening tasks.

What is Community Supported Agriculture?

Green Gal's Garden's first season of production will be on about 500 square feet, but I plan to sell what I grow to as many people as possible through direct sales coordinated online and a CSA program, which is a regularly scheduled (weekly or biweekly) subscription for a "share" or set amount of food that the customer signs up in advance to receive for a certain number of weeks. In many CSA programs, the customer pays up front for the entire season as a way to help finance the farm or garden business costs. You can learn more about the CSA model at https://www.localharvest.org/csa/.

How can I participate?

The CSA program for 2018 is currently full. If you would like to join the wait list in the event that a space opens up, please email Melissa at greenbeangal@gmail.com.

You can also sign up for the e-newsletter here for updates about the Garden, including notifications when I have surplus veggies and fruits for sale outside of the CSA program. I anticipate having produce for sale starting late May 2018. You can also sign up for updates about Green Gal's consulting services and plans for Green Gal's Kitchen, a home-based bakery featuring organic, hand-crafted sourdough breads and cookies.

How can I support the vision before the season begins?

Although Green Gal's Garden is a very small business with fewer expenses than a large farm, it still takes some money to make it happen. I've decided not to host a full-scale fundraising campaign, and instead I have put together a list of equipment needs here that I would like to buy or acquire used if possible. I am happy to buy or trade veggies for items on this list, but I also gratefully accept donations!

If you believe in a sustainable, local food system and have the means to support my vision financially, you can donate directly to the business in a few ways:

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