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 our weekly Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) boxes as well as school cafeteria lunches. Students can complete community service or internship graduation requirements by enrolling in classes at the Ranch. We also provide paid internships to students, which are funded by private donations, special events, farmer’s market sales, and subscriptions to the produce box program (CSA). We are dedicated to teaching kids how to run a food business, cater dinners, arrange floral bouquets and the importance of healthy, local food - all with an emphasis on excellent customer service. We strive to set an example of what local food and social enterprise can do to feed people sustainably and teach our kids to do the same.
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a model of food production and distribution that provides a direct link between local farmers and consumers. It is a contract between the community and local food producers; a promise that consumers will support farmers through lean times and times of high production.
Every week, Muir Ranch CSA subscribers get a box or bag of about 7-10 different types of fruit and vegetables grown without the use of pesticides or chemical fertilizers. Customers pick their shares up at central distribution sites throughout Pasadena. Muir Ranch CSA partners with several local farms for seasonal fruit and vegetables to supplement the farm’s produce, providing tax-deductible weekly boxes to over 100 subscribers. You, too, can be part of this healthy program and enjoy eating with the seasons. Sign up for our weekly School Farm Box and see for yourself.