OUR FARM

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 15 acres of land. Our Farm consists of vegetable gardens, greenhouses, a food forest, animal pastures, compost systems, and a vineyard. Coastal Roots Farm was incubated by the Leichtag Foundation and received 501(c)(3) public charity status in 2015.  

Vision

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.

Values

  1. We believe in cultivating a healthy, just and connected community.
  2. We welcome and nourish people of all backgrounds.
  3. We steward human and natural resources.
  4. We communicate with intention and compassion.
  5. We collaborate to create positive change.
  6. We honor transparency and trust.
  7. We adapt and strive for continuous improvement.
  8. We balance ancient wisdom with modern innovation.
  9. 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
Pearlstone: pearlstonecenter.org
Shoresh Farm: shoresh.ca
Urban Adamah: urbanadamah.org

HISTORY

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 North County Hub 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.

E3 CLUSTER

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.

The members of the E3 Cluster are:
Encinitas Union School District Farm Lab
Magdalena Ecke YMCA
San Diego Botanic Garden
San Dieguito Heritage Museum
Seacrest Village Retirement Communities

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BOARD & STAFF

Meet the Staff

Javier Guerrero

Javier Guerrero

Executive Director

Javier Guerrero is the Farm’s Executive Director. Javier works with Coastal Roots Farm staff, board members, funders, partners, and volunteers… read more

Kesha Dorsey Spoor

Kesha Dorsey Spoor

Communications and Outreach Manager

Kesha Dorsey Spoor is Coastal Roots Farm’s Communications and Outreach Manager, responsible for connecting the Farm with its community…. read more

Katherine Favor

Katherine Favor

Vineyard Coordinator

Katherine Favor is the Farm’s Vineyard Coordinator, where she is responsible for the care and maintenance of all aspects of the vineyard… read more

Ellie Honan

Ellie Honan

Vegetable Production Coordinator

Ellie is the Farm’s Vegetable Production Coordinator where she manages the production of all vegetable crops, supervises community farmers, and supports… read more

Ricardo Lopez

Ricardo Lopez

Community Farmer

Ricardo Lopez is the Coastal Roots Farm’s Community Farmer where he works as a supporting member to all of the Farm team’s efforts… read more

Dominique Mailloux

Dominique Mailloux

Distribution Coordinator

Dominique is the Farm’s Distribution Coordinator, where she runs all farm stand operations, pop up markets, and produce deliveries…read more

Adam McCurdy

Adam McCurdy

Farm Manager

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

Kelie Reimer

Kelie Reimer

Community Farmer

Kelie Reimer is a Coastal Roots Farm Community Farmer where she supports the operational teams with cultivation, development, maintenance,… read more

Bill Stallcup

Bill Stallcup

Community Farmer

Bill Stallcup is a Community Farmer at Coastal Roots Farm, where has previously been involved as a volunteer with planting, irrigation, weeding… read more

Aaron Stewart

Aaron Stewart

Infrastructure and Compost Coordinator

Aaron is the Farm’s Infrastructure and Compost Coordinator where he supports the development and maintenance of all operational infrastructure and manages the compost program… read more

Sara Telzer

Sara Telzer

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

Damian Valdez

Damian Valdez

Assistant Operations Manager

Damian is the Farm’s Assistant Operations 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

Nikki Velch

Nikki Velch

Assistant Vegetable Production Coordinator

Nikki is the Farm’s Assistant Vegetable Production Coordinator where she is supports all levels of vegetable production, and prepares and maintains the fields from planting to harvest… 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.

Laura Diede

Laura Diede

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

Vanessa Oshiro

Vanessa Oshiro

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

Leilani Rasmussen

Leilani Rasmussen

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

Job Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in working at Coastal Roots Farm. Below you will find current job openings and internships. For current volunteer opportunities, click here.

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