Community Alliance for Urban Sustainable Agriculture (C.A.U.S.A)
Locally Grown, Pesticide-Free Produce!
Read the Claremont Courier article.
Since 2011 Uncommon Good has been growing local food that exceeds organic standards since no pesticides or chemicals are used in its production, not even the ones the government allows organic farmers to use. The urban agriculture program was started when, 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 in Claremont, Pomona, Ontario and Covina. One is at Temple Beth Israel and another is at Claremont Presbyterian Church. The others are on public school campuses and private home plots. Dozens more homeowners participate by allowing Uncommon Good to harvest their unused backyard fruit for the program in return for a tax deduction for the donation.
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 for free to the families served by Uncommon Good who cannot otherwise 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.
Our farms’ 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. We work with nature, interplanting different kinds of plants together to create confusion for pests, as well as experimenting with crops that are less susceptible to infestations. For more information contact Eduardo Casarez, Urban Farms Program Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 909-625-2248
Thanks to our CAUSA Donors
- Ahmanson Foundation
- California Community Foundation
- Inland Empire United Way
- Dwight Stuart Youth Fund
- General Motors
- Kaiser Foundation
- Trinity United Methodist Church
- Union Bank
- US Bank