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Food System Resources

Local Food Producers*

  • As Fresh As It Gets: The “Contact Information for Fresh Food” page of the As Fresh As It Gets website provides a list of local food producers.
  • Blue House Farm: Organic farm in Pescadero dedicated to stewardship of the land through sustainable practices, and distribution of its produce with a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) model.
  • Early Bird Ranch: Raises chicken, pork, and rabbit using cultivation techniques that mirror closed loop, natural systems.
  • Echo Valley Farm: A small homestead farm in Loma Mar that includes goats, hens, and ducks, and produces eggs for sale.
  • Fifth Crow Farm: Partnered with the FDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service to ensure that their farm is not infringing on habitat, and distributes fresh organic produce through farmers’ markets and CSA membership.
  • Fly Girl Farm: A new farm that cultivates strawberries, tomatoes, flowers, zucchini and salad greens.
  • Green Oaks Farm: 63 acre farm near the Santa Cruz Mountains that supplies organic fruit, vegetables and eggs to regional farmers markets and restaurants.
  • Harley Goat Farm: Historic goat farm that produces award winning cheeses, bath and body products, and non-toxic paint.
  • Jacob’s Farm: Organic since 1980, this family farm grows herbs and edible flowers in in Pescadero, CA.
  • LeftCoast Grass Fed: TomKat Ranch uses sustainable practices that enable their cows to graze while contributing to carbon sequestration in the soil.
  • Local Harvest: A web resource that enables consumers to search for local food growers.
  • Markegard Family Grass Fed: Produces pasture raised chicken and pigs, along with grass-fed cattle and lamb, sold at the College of San Mateo Farmer’s Market on Saturdays and a meat delivery service within the county.
  • Ouroboros: Aquaponic farm in Half Moon Bay, which uses 90% less water than traditional farms to grow chemical free produce without soil.
  • Pacifica Gardens: A community garden with fruit trees, flowers, and vegetables that was once an abandoned soccer field at Linda Mar School in Pacifica. It is a non-profit organization run entirely by volunteers, local donors, and partners.
  • Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) – Local Food Guide: POST’s Local Food Guide is a tour of the farms within the trust, with details of their offerings and farming practices.
  • Pie Ranch: Hosts food education programs for youth, organic farmer training, a farm stand, and a monthly community workday and barn dance.
  • Potrero Nuevo Farm: Decreases erosion from the Tunitas Creek through agricultural projects that provide farmland for a local school program, as well as, food for low-income families and the homeless.
  • Root Down Farm: Located in Pescadero, Root Down Farm aims to raise chickens, turkeys, and pigs sustainably and humanely while contributing to the local economy.
  • State Street Honey: Honey produced in colonies around the Bay Area that is raw, contains no chemicals, and is completely natural.
  • Swanton Berry Farm: Organic, Food Justice Certified berries and vegetables harvested by unionized workers.

*This is not yet a comprehensive list, please contact us to add a link to a local producer.


  • California Food Policy Advocates: Serves low-income communities by increasing access to nutritious and affordable foods.
  • California Farmers Marketplace: A resource for farmers to sell their goods online to institutional consumers within California.
  • Collective Roots: Promotes backyard farming and farmer’s markets in East Palo Alto.
  • Fight Hunger Garden Project: Organic garden used to teach residents and children about food production at the Peninsula Jewish Community Center in Foster City. Surplus produce is donated to the LifeMoves Shelter Network.
  • The HEAL Project: San Mateo County School Farm teaches students about healthy food choices and the environment.
  • Resource Conservation District: Implements programs that benefit local farmers and the environment.
  • San Mateo County Food Systems Alliance: Advocate for a cohesive and healthy local food system, and the first food system alliance in California.
  • Sustainable Poultry: A training program to show people how to cultivate and raise sustainable poultry through education and outreach programs.
  • Peninsula Food Runners: Serves San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties by mobilizing volunteers to address food insecurity and food waste.
  • Village Harvest: Reduces hunger and encourages sustainable urban resource usage by organizing volunteers to harvest excess fruits from backyards and small orchards. Much of the food that Village Harvest gathers goes directly to local food banks.

Education Service Providers

  • Bay Area Farmer Training: Developed by MESA, the Multicultural Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture, this farmer training aims to create a new generation of farmers that have socially just, sustainable, and economically sound urban farm businesses. The program supports refugees, immigrants and previously incarcerated individuals to help them in the farming business.
  • California Climate and Agriculture Network (CalCAN): Provides information on public policy and best practices to combat climate change through sustainable agriculture practices.
  • California Farmlink: Links individual farmers to land and financing they need to create new farming projects, and encourages low income, immigrant or underserved farmers looking for their next step.
  • Consumer Reports: Conducts research on various food safety issues, such as pesticides, food contamination, and best practices in food manufacturing.
  • The Local Food Wheel: Cleverly shows what foods are in season in your area. The SF Bay Area wheel shows what’s growing within 150 miles of San Francisco.
  • Real Food Challenge: Campaign to allot $1 million of university food budgets towards local, sustainably produced and humane food by 2020 through a network of student activists.
  • Seafood Watch: A database and app that guides consumers choose seafood that is farmed or fished sustainably with minimal negative environmental impacts.
  • Sustainable Agriculture Education: SAGE consults with local agencies, private landowners, and organizations in order to provide guidance to clients with the goal to produce healthy, local agriculture projects.
  • Union of Concerned Scientists: This organization has focused research on food and agriculture issues in relation to sustainability issues.
  • UC Davis Agriculture and Natural Resources: A catalogue of information about various agriculture and natural resources literature.


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