Getting farm fresh produce, in season, from local fields is where we begin to make a difference. The Center for Urban Agriculture at Fairview Gardens in Goleta, is now offering local residents a chance to start making a difference by signing up for membership in its Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program which begins a new season and year in January.

You can register/sign up for a weekly allotment of fresh produce which benefits you and the farm. Special Deal: Sign up before December 15 and save $100. – that’s the Benjamin Franklin referred to in the headline above. Your membership in CSA is an investment in the future of Fairview Gardens and supports the vision of a brighter future for everyone when local farm fresh food trumps low cost, low nutrition and unsustainable food trucked across country or the world.

You can pick up your share at Fairview Gardens on Tuesday or Thursday afternoons (2-6:30 pm). We also offer deliver to the Wheelhouse Bike Shop (28 Anacapa St., 4-7 pm) and Kunin Winery (528 Anacapa St., 4-6 pm) on Thursday afternoons.

Standard Share costs break-down to $20/wk (for 1-2 people) and our Family Share costs $36/wk (for 2-4 people). The winter season begins January 4 and runs for 10 weeks –- through mid-March. Registration requires a season commitment to the CSA.

– Full Year (January 4 – November 17; 46 weeks) Early Bird Special, pay by December 1, 2010 and save $100: Standard Share $880, Family Share $1,584.

– Winter Season (January 4 – March 10, ten weeks) Standard Share $215, Family Share $375.

Apples, Tomatoes, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Kale, Carrots, Mandarins, Beans, Peaches, Strawberries and so much more. View a complete list of seasonal produce or sign up for the 2011 season, at or by calling (805)967-7369.

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BREAKING NEWS – “Urban Homesteading,” an exciting new series of classes scheduled to start in January at Fairview Gardens, is a wonderful way to reconnect with the earth. The series, designed by the staff at Fairview, will run the full year and covers everything from container gardening, composting and raising chickens, to canning, preserving, and more, taught by the best people in our community on site at the farm. Gift certificates are available as a great holiday offering for the urban gardener in your family. You can buy one class, a set of three or four or the whole series. More information on the classes will be available as they are confirmed.


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