Dear Farm Friends,
Like you, we at Coastal Roots Farm have been closely monitoring the recent news related to the spread of the coronavirus and are making adjustments to our programs to ensure we both continue supporting those in need and protect our community.
Our Food Distribution Program is more important than ever as vulnerable community members struggling with food insecurity are impacted the most. We are leaning on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization and our value of shmita (honoring natural cycles of the earth, also interpreted as release, break, or rest) to prioritize the safety and well-being of Farm guests and staff.
Click below for FAQs about up-to-date adjustments to our programs. We will continue to monitor the outbreak, regularly asses the situation, and keep up-to-date information posted below.
Coastal Roots Farm Team
Will Farm Stand be open?
Our pay-what-you-can Farm Stand remains open on Thursdays 12-3pm and Sundays 10am-3pm. The gate will open no earlier than 11:45am on Thursdays and 9:45am on Sundays. We offer those in need up to $30 of produce at no-cost through our private check-out system.
Please note: beginning Thursday April 30, we will be instituting a number policy to ensure transparency and equity between walk ups and drive ups. Please be prepared wait times as long as one hour or more during peak hours. We are grateful for customer patience as we ensure the safety of all.
A menu of available items with quantity limits and suggested donation prices will be distributed and items are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
What protocols will be in place to keep customers and staff safe?
We are taking many measures to uphold the highest standards of hygiene and sanitation to protect our customers and staff. We follow food safety guidelines from local and national organizations, and are adding additional safety measures throughout, from harvest to distribution. Team members are being vigilant in their hand washing and use of protective gear and are asked to stay home if they are experiencing any cold or flu symptoms.
During Farm Stand hours, we will institute modified protocols to ensure social distancing and minimal contact. Customers will be asked to wait in their cars until directed to park and exit. A menu of harvested produce will be available, and Farm staff will be bagging food on behalf of the customer.
How much food will be available?
The same quantity of food will be available during Farm Stand hours. Food will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. For the time being, eggs are available during Sunday Farm Stand hours only. Thank you for understanding.
For additional questions about Farm Stand, please contact Garth Denton-Borhaug at email@example.com.
Are pets allowed?
Unfortunately no pets other than service animals are allowed on the Farm. Customers in cars in drive up line are welcome to keep their pets (safely) in the car when it is their turn to step out of their vehicle and enter the Farm Stand.
All food distribution programs will continue. Read below for pertinent details.
We will maintain our weekly and monthly deliveries to Holocaust survivors. To ensure the safety of this population, we will be leaving a pre-bagged produce bag at the door. Additionally, we have added non-perishables donated by Community Resource Center.
Vista Community Clinic:
We will continue our Food Distribution partnership with Vista Community Clinic. To minimize contact, we will drop off pre-bagged produce bags and VCC staff will manage the distribution of food by appointment only. To schedule an appointment with VCC, leave a message at 760-631-5000 x 7014. For general VCC information, click here.
Active Duty Military and Veterans:
For additional questions about our Food Distribution Program, please contact Sara Telzer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I still drop compost off?
We invite you to continue bringing your (non-dairy, non-meat, non-citrus) food scraps to our compost bins located by the entrance gate of our Farm Stand. However, please plan your drop off outside of Farm Stand hours in order to support our effort to ensure social distancing and minimal contact.
For additional questions about compost, please contact Adam McCurdy at email@example.com.
Are you hosting Farm Camp this year?
We are thrilled to be welcoming Farmers-in-Training to After School Farm Camp, biweekly, month-long sessions year round, starting Monday August 31. As schools remain partially or fully virtual, we are proud to offer this as a childcare solution for families and immersive outdoor experiences for kids.
Visit the Farm Camp section of our website for updated safety protocols and details.
Can I come for a Farm Tour?
In compliance with the most recent local health guidelines, Public and Private Farm Tours are currently unavailable. Visit the Farm Tour section of our website for information on how to join our interest list. We look forward to welcoming you back when circumstances allow.
Are Open Volunteer Hours still open?
Volunteering at Coastal Roots Farm will be postponed until further notice.
Will Community Volunteer opportunities and Internships be available?
The Community Volunteer and Internship Program is on hold until circumstances allow. Please check back for updated information about open opportunities.
For additional questions about volunteering and internships, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Will On Site School and Group Visits continue?
On Site School and Group Visits scheduled are postponed until further notice.
However, we have created new Virtual School and Group Visits, free personalized farm-based experiences for your virtual classroom! This online content is designed for educators interested in integrating Farm content into existing lessons. Visit School and Group Visits for info.
For additional questions about School and Group Visits, please contact Megan Freeman at email@example.com.
Which events have been cancelled?
All Community Events are being postponed until further notice.
For additional questions about Community Events, please contact Sharone Oren at firstname.lastname@example.org
What other farms are staying open?
For a list of local/regional farms that are staying open, click here.
For a list of local farms, fruit stands, and meat and fish shops in North San Diego County, click here.
What is the Food Bank doing?
The San Diego Food Bank is also staying open. Click here for their hours and locations.
Additionally, they are hosting a mass "drive-thru" food distribution Friday April 3 at 10am at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Click here for more information.
What about Feeding San Diego?
Feeding San Diego is continuing their regular food distributions, and has added emergency food distribution sites. Click here for details.
What other resources are available to me?
Click here to visit the 211 San Diego website.
Call Interfaith Community Services at 760-489-6380 for support with food, shelter, showers, laundry, job training, behavioral services, and more.
For a list of other food resources in North County, click here. (Note this list is from 2018.)
Encinitas Union School District is providing food to EUSD families in need through free food distribution at Ocean Knoll Elementary including during Spring Break. Contact Julie.Burton@eusd.net for details.
Click here for Covid-19 resources for California Family Farms compiled by Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF).
We are so grateful to our many supporters and volunteers for their unwavering support. Consider making a donation to support Coastal Roots Farm's commitment to Nourish Community.
Note: The CARES Act was passed as an effort to support Americans and the economy. Part of the legislation removed the limit on how much charitable donations can be deducted against annual income. (The limit was previously 60% for cash donations and 50% for non-cash contributions). This applies to every donation made regardless of size or frequency.