Since 2011 Uncommon Good has been growing local food that exceeds organic standards. Together with the low-income families it serves, Uncommon Good formed the Community Alliance for Urban Sustainable Agriculture Program (CAUSA) to develop a food production program that could feed the hungry, provide community education, and supply the local community with the highest quality fruits and vegetables.
CAUSA consists of a network of dozens of urban farm plots, called Fiddleneck Family Farms, in Claremont, Pomona, Ontario and Covina. One is at Temple Beth Israel and another is at Claremont Presbyterian Church. The others are on private home plots.
Half of the food grown is sold to the community from Uncommon Good’s office, Monday through Saturday. Delivery is available for Claremont residents. Find out more information, or place an order for delivery or pick up.
The other half is given to the families served by Uncommon Good who cannot afford fresh produce. The farmers are fathers of children in the education program who are paid a living wage and benefits by Uncommon Good. The farm plots also serve as real world learning laboratories, both for science subjects and small business development skills, for the students and parents served by Uncommon Good.
All the food is produced without any chemicals or pesticides whatsoever, not even those permitted by the USDA for use by organic farms. Our fertility program consists of applying locally produced compost, biochar, natural mineral amendments, and periodic spraying of actively aerated compost teas. To combat pests, we focus on cultural practices to minimize harmful bugs and try and work with nature, interplanting to create confusion as well as experimenting with crops that are less susceptible to infestations.
CAUSA also includes a gleaning program in which excess backyard fruit is collected for the program in return for a tax deduction for the homeowner.