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By Lindsey Bro
In these unprecedented times, The Ecology Center is so proud to be your local farm, and we are extremely grateful for the opportunity to continue to provide our community with the safest and most direct access to local, organic, and nutritious produce we can.
Currently, our Farm Stand remains open, and our Farm Share boxes are still going out as scheduled. We have suspended all community events and educational programming, giving us more energy to focus all our efforts on farming and providing food to the community.
Starting on March 20, we expanded the Farm Share program to offer a Farm Share Resilience Box that will be available for curbside pick-up and home delivery for those in need.
The Resilience Box is a one-size farm share box that comes with 12 items of organic produce for $38. Available for pick-up or delivery (within a 20-mile radius of the farm), Resilience Boxes include items such as lettuce, greens, potatoes, various vegetables, onions, lemon, citrus and garlic, and families can purchase up to three boxes. If you are picking up your box, they’ll be available on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at The Ecology Center in San Juan Capistrano, or on Tuesdays at our Encinitas farm. In addition to produce, you can add other items to your box, including bread, olive oil, beans, rice, honey, lentils, butter, tortillas, cheese, and more.
We will donate 10% of all boxes to community members in need—including the elderly, immunocompromised, low-income, nurses, and health care workers who cannot get produce due to their schedules. Each box will also include bread from our partners at Rye Goods. We will be working with the San Juan Capistrano Senior Services and local neighborhoods to distribute any boxes that are donated during this time. If you’d like to sign up for or donate a Resilience Box, please visit: shop.theecologycenter.org or call The Ecology Center at 949.443.4223.
We’ll also have 60 loaves of Rye Goods bread available every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday, with the hope of increasing to daily as needed.
We currently have a queue system at the farm stand and, when you arrive, you’ll be met by a staff member who will provide you with gloves for shopping. To limit the number of people shopping at once, so more vulnerable members of our community can feel confident while shopping, we will have you wait in your car until we notify you when you can enter the farm stand to shop.
The Ecology Center is located at 32701 Alipaz St., San Juan Capistrano, and you can visit their website at theecologycenter.org for more details. They are open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day.
Lindsey Bro is a Southern California-based copywriter and content creator for purpose-driven brands. As a contributing writer and friend of The Ecology Center, her most recent work with them has been The Community Table cookbook.