Coastal Roots Farm is a nonprofit community farm and education center. We cultivate healthy, connected communities by integrating sustainable agriculture, food justice, and ancient Jewish wisdom.
Since our inception in 2014, Coastal Roots Farm has provided dignified access to fresh food for those who need it most. Inspired by Jewish agricultural practices, we grow organic crops and share the harvest with our community through pay-what-you-can farm stands, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs, and direct donations to local hunger relief organizations. Through workshops, field trips, agricultural festivals, and community events, we offer hands-on education and invite our neighbors to connect to the land and each other.
Coastal Roots Farm is located in Encinitas, CA on approximately 20 acres of land. Our Farm consists of vegetable gardens, greenhouses, a food forest, chickens, compost systems, and a vineyard. Coastal Roots Farm was incubated by the Leichtag Foundation and received 501(c)(3) public charity status in 2015.
We envision a world in which every community comes together to grow and share healthy food, care for the land, help their neighbors, and strengthen the connections they have with each other.
- We believe in cultivating a healthy, just and connected community.
- We welcome and nourish people of all backgrounds.
- We steward human and natural resources.
- We communicate with intention and compassion.
- We collaborate to create positive change.
- We honor transparency and trust.
- We adapt and strive for continuous improvement.
- We balance ancient wisdom with modern innovation.
- We make time for rest and reflection.
JEWISH COMMUNITY FARMING
Jewish community farms use farming, gardening, and food as a way to teach about Jewish tradition and heritage, build Jewish identity and community, and make the world a more just and sustainable place.
Here at Coastal Roots Farm, we are inspired by ancient Jewish traditions that connect people to community, food, the land, and social justice.
- Ba’al Taschit: Ethical consumption
- Shmita: Honoring natural cycles of the earth
- Peah: Lining the corners of one’s field with food for the stranger and poor
- Kayamut: Ecological sustainability
- Ma’aser: Reserving at least one-tenth of one’s agricultural produce for the poor
- K’vod Briut: The dignity of all creations
- Hachnasat Orchim: Welcoming guests
- Haganat Ovdim: Fair treatment of those who work the fields
- Tsa’ar Ba’alei Chaim: Kind, humane treatment of animals
- Tikkun Olam: Healing the world
These traditions and values are as meaningful and relevant today as they have been over thousands of years, and are often reflected in modern agricultural practices. They are also the basis of our deep commitment to the principles of food justice including access to fresh, healthy, affordable, and culturally-appropriate food for all; fair treatment of workers; responsible land stewardship; and compassionate treatment of animals.
At Coastal Roots Farm, we are proud to be part of a national movement of Jewish community farming. For more information on the impacts of Jewish farm experiences, read the Seeds of Opportunity summary report or full report.
Below are links to other Jewish community farms across North America:
Abundance Farm: abundancefarm.org
Adamah/Isabella Freedman Center: hazon.org/adamah
Eden Village Camp: edenvillagecamp.org
Ekar Farm: ekarfarm.org
Jewish Farm School: jewishfarmschool.org
Milk and Honey Farm: boulderjcc.org/farmandsustainability
Shoresh Farm: shoresh.ca
Urban Adamah: urbanadamah.org
We are located in Encinitas, California at Leichtag Commons, a 67.5 acre property which is a nexus of social enterprise, innovative agriculture, educational programs, and vibrant community life. We manage approximately one-third of the land at Leichtag Commons, participating actively in The Hive and working alongside commercial farmers renting space on the property. Coastal Roots Farm was established in 2014 and received recognition as an IRS-approved 501(c)(3) public charity in December 2015.
We are located in a unique neighborhood at the center of what was once the “flower growing capital of the world.” Our property is contiguous to seven other nonprofit organizations, all offering multigenerational education and community building, which together form the Encinitas Environmental Education Cluster.
BOARD & STAFF
Meet the Staff
Javier Guerrero is the Farm’s Executive Director. Javier works with Coastal Roots Farm staff, board members, funders, partners, and volunteers… read more
Jazmyn Benjamin is the Farm Educator where she is responsible for supporting the planning and…. …read more
Kesha Dorsey Spoor
Philanthropy and Communications Manager
Kesha Dorsey Spoor is Coastal Roots Farm’s Philanthropy and Communications Manager, responsible for…. read more
Farm Production Assistant Manager
Ellie is the Farm’s Farm Production Assistant Manager where she manages the production of all vegetable crops, supervises community farmers, and supports… read more
Vegetable Production Coordinator
Ricardo Lopez is the Coastal Roots Farm’s Vegetable Production Coordinator where he works as a supporting member to all of the Farm team’s efforts… read more
Post-Harvest and Distribution Coordinator
Dominique is the Farm’s Post Harvest and Distribution Coordinator, where she manages vegetable washing and storage, as well as all farm stand…read more
Adam McCurdy is the Farm’s Farm Manager where he is responsible for overseeing all areas of production, including crop fields, food forest, vineyard, animals and composting… read more
Chicken and Compost Coordinator
Chandrima is the Farm’s Chicken and Compost Coordinator where she is responsible for the care of the animals and maintaining…read more
Sharone Oren is Coastal Roots Farm’s Education Manager where she is responsible for the planning and implementation of Jewish and Farm…read more
Kelie Reimer is a Coastal Roots Farm Community Farmer where she supports the operational teams with cultivation, development, maintenance,… read more
Impact and Evaluation Manager
Sara is the Farm’s Impact and Evaluation Manager where she is responsible for creation, implementation, and ongoing management of all monitoring and evaluation efforts; food distribution programs and staff; and… read more
Scott Thompson is the Farm’s Community Farmer where he is responsible for cultivating and maintaining the farm production areas…read more
Ryan is a Community Farmer at Coastal Roots Farm where he supports the team by planting, irrigating, weeding, harvesting, and distributing vegetables…read more
Farm Operations Assistant Manager
Damian is the Farm Operations Assistant Manager where he is responsible for developing farm-wide policies and procedures, training Coastal Roots Farm staff and volunteers on operational and safety procedures, and more… read more
In our early years of organizational development, the Leichtag Foundation is offering finance & administration, human resources and resource development support for the farm.
Administration and Accounting Assistant
Laura Diede is the Foundation’s Office and Accounting Assistant where she is responsible for helping with office operations. read more
Human Resources and Operations Manager
Vanessa is the Foundation’s Human Resources and Operations Manager where she oversees grant administrative processes from concept to evaluation, analyzes strengths… read more
Vice President, Finance and Operations
Leilani is the Foundation’s Director of Finance and Grants Administration where she oversees the Foundation’s financial management and analysis… read more