Welcome to Muir Ranch!
In 2011, a dedicated team of volunteer teachers and students began converting 1.5 acres of the John Muir High School campus into an urban farm. Muir Ranch grows a variety of flowers, vegetables and fruit that are included in weekly CSA boxes as well as school cafeteria lunches. Students can complete community service or internship graduation requirements by enrolling in classes at the Ranch. Muir Ranch also provides paid internships to students, which are funded by private donations, special events, farmer’s market sales, and subscriptions to the produce box program (CSA).
Many programs besides the CSA are supported under the umbrella of Muir Ranch. We partner with other local school and their learning gardens to provide them with produce for their own CSA programs, host monthly “Plug Mobs” to help the community start their own gardens, and are a Nursery Non-profit. Soon, we hope to add a culinary program, helping to fully connect students to their food systems by getting them involved in how it is grown, distributed, and finally cooked into healthy meals.
Besides being a center for education, Muir Ranch hosts a variety of ongoing and special events. We also offer seasonal products, and are particularly known for our floral arrangements. As a member of the Pasadena community, we hope to continue our involvement in all areas of the urban farming movement.
Plug Mobs: Every third Saturday of the month, come to Muir Ranch to get seeds and plugs for your community gardens. This monthly event is part of our mission as a nursery non-profit to spread urban gardening culture to everyone’s backyard.
Farm-to-Table Dinner: In November 2012, Muir Ranch hosted its first ever farm-to-table dinner. We set up a long table in the middle of the garden and were treated to a meal prepared by a professional chef. The dinner was a great success, bringing together students, faculty, and community members to celebrate a bountiful harvest and the hard work of everyone involved at Muir Ranch. We plan to host more of these events that connect the community to food in the future.
Flower Arrangements:We grow a variety of specialty flowers at Muir Ranch. Our students cultivate and arrange these fresh flowers for those CSA customers who subscribe to a weekly Flower Share. In the summer, we also sell our arrangements at farmers markets. We have provided arrangements for events such as weddings, funerals, bat mitzvahs and fundraisers. Prices vary by size and type of event. If you are interested in our floral services and would like us to do the flowers for your event.
Muir Ranch is sponsored by the Pasadena Educational Foundation. Donations and subscriptions to the CSA program are 50% tax deductible.
Interested in learning more about who we are and what we do? Check out our CSA page, our blog, and the other pages on our website. If you like what you see, we are always looking for people who want to get involved! And if you have any questions, feel free to contact us.