Archive | December, 2010

Give in 2010

28 Dec

Dear Friends,

Thank you to all of you who have donated to Fairview Gardens.  Your support is key to the future of sustainable, local, small-scale urban farming.

If you have not yet had a chance to donate please consider now the time. With just a few days left in 2010 you can still make a charitable tax donation. We are actively pursuing creative solutions to tackle our current financial hardships.  Please help us kick-start a fundraising campaign to put Fairview Gardens back in the community spotlight and reach our potential as a renowned education center.  Ultimately, our intension is twofold: On a local scale we aim to bring over 3500 elementary grade students from the greater Santa Barbara area to the farm to gain an understanding of where their food comes from, food as a way to optimal health and the basics of saving the environment through food choices. On a national level, our goal is to create a comprehensive educational and training center for people who want to walk in to the future with an understanding of what community agriculture is ans what true sustainability means. Our second intention is to continue to be on the cutting edge of small-scale agriculture design. Our experimentation in showing sustainability of small-scale agriculture is critical in continuing to feed the families that depend on us in our community.

Fairview Gardens undoubtedly requires community support to bridge present challenges to future goals and convert our inspired vision into meaningful reality. With your assistance, together we will embark on a new era that will not only increase our positive impact on the community, but will also instill pride within it for being supporters of The Center for Urban Agriculture at Fairview Gardens. 

Two private donors have recognized this crucial moment by offering $25,000 in matching funds for this 2010 appeal.  Regardless of your donation amount, this generosity maximizes your support and provides a greater opportunity to nourish your farm just as Fairview Gardens nourishes the community.  We invite you to share in our new path and help revitalize Fairview Gardens as a model of true sustainability and a true community farm: a farm of, by, and for the community.

Again to all of you who have donated Thank you for your support,

The Fairview Gardens Staff



A future farmer.


It’s raining, it’s pouring!

21 Dec

Farm Update:

The Farm Stand will be closed today December 21-January 3, 2011.  Due to the heavy rains we have had to adjust our seasonal closing time. 

CSA Membership:

Thank you to everyone who as already signed up for the 2011 CSA season!  If you have not yet signed up but are planning to, please let us know.   Making sure we harvest enough for everyone is our goal.  Signing up the first week or any week of CSA is always welcomed.  Thank you again for all your support CSA members!

To sign up now, click HERE.

Call: 805-967-7369


Need the perfect last minute Holiday Gift?

Good at the Farm Stand, Farmer’s Market’s & towards CSA!



*To purchase Gift Certificates please call Lisa 805-746-8424. 

Or email


Fun for Kids & Adults too!

Home Made Glitter or Goop!

Home Made Herbal Shampoo!

Make YUMMY Home Made Pumpkin Butter!

Need Groceries?

How about a Bicycle?

Glass empty fill it up!


Happy Holidays stay Dry and Warm!

Peace & Love,

Fariview Gardens Staff

Eat Local Together

14 Dec

Fairview Gardens CSA

One more Day to SAVE!

Sign up online by December 15 to make sure you get the Early Bird discount.  

To sign up now, click HERE.

What is in season?

Apples, Tomatoes, Butternut Squash, Kale, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Cabbage, Spinach, Turnips, Herbs, Madarins, Rainbow Chard, Arugula, Leeks, Carrots, Baby Greens, Collards, Oranges, Beets, Plums, Peaches, Nectarines, Lettuce, Shelling Beans, Spring Onions, Fava Beans, Basil, Radishes, Pomegranates, Green Beans, Avocados, Zucchini, Peppers, Garlic, Onions, Pumpkins and Strawberries!


Family Benefits of joining CSA

Connecting with your family during meal time is proven to build relationships.  Allowing your children, spouse or significant other the opportunity to sit down, relax and share their day with you will open doors to a more fulfilling lifestyle.  Learning to incorporate local, seasonal, organic produce into your diet not only boosts your health and immune system, it allows you to get creative in your kitchen; you can always add a vegetable to any meal.  You will feel so accomplished as you learn how to incorporate more produce in your diet.  For those of you who have children think of the amazing habits you are putting in place for them.  When I ask my three-year son what his favorite food is and he says “tomatoes!” I am so proud.  

Connecting with your community during CSA pick up time whether at Fairview gardens, the Wheelhouse or Kunin Wines.  You are sure to meet new friends and acquire deliscious recipes. 

Your CSA membership does more than fill your house with fresh, organic. local produce.  Your support for Fairview Gardens also helps to operate our education activities at our non-profit farm.  Our education programs help to support advocacy for small-scale Urban Farming, teach sustainability and urban homesteading skills to adults, and to help fund our summer camps and upcoming afterschool program for youth.   Fairview Gardens is open to the public from sunrise to sunset for anyone to experience.  Please check out our calendar in 2011 to preview many of the exciting workshops that we will be bringing to you! 

Sign up online by December 15 to make sure you get the Early Bird discount.  

Even if we have not received your payment you will still get your discount! 

To sign up now, click HERE.

December to Remember

7 Dec

Early Bird CSA Special has been extended to

December 15th!

Sign up now and save a $100.00 on your full year membership to our Community Supported Agriculture harvest share program.  

Sign up here:


The Fairview Gardens Holiday Parade Float was so sensational! 

Here are a few pictures of some of the participants!

Supporters of Fairview Gardens
Mark & Esher Tollefson
Supporters of Fairview Gardens

Look for Fairview Gardens on KSBY TV this week. 


Need a new cookbook? 

A flexitarian is a semi-vegetarian focusing on vegetarian food with occasional meat consumption.

It is a modern compromise for having a healthy, plant-centric diet, without fully eliminating or denying meat consumption.

Recipe Contributions from:

Top Chef’s Micah Edelstein
Michael Anthony, Executive Chef at the Gramercy Tavern
Celebrity chef Dean James Max
Lynn Bound, Executive Chef at the New York Museum of Modern Art
Food writer and award-winning chef Dawn Viola
Christina Valencia of Farm and a Frying Pan
Chef Joe Wittenbrook, owner of The Culinary Salon
Cathy Erway, author of The Art of Eating In
Lindsey Nixon of Happy Herbivore
Marissa of Pumpkin & Pomegranate
Soma Rathore of eCurry
Deborah Kay of Eclectic Flexitarian
Sophie Aaronson of Philosophie
Julia Gartland of Sassy Kitchen (major contributor)

Proceeds from The Flexitarian Cookbook benefit Slow Food USA and Yoga Bear.


Click on the link below to find out more about The Flexitarian Cookbook:


 Recommended Reading 

Everything I Want to Do Is Illegal

by Joel Salatin  


Recommended Documentary

Vanishing of the Bee’s

Click on the link below to watch the trailer: 



Fairview Gardens

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