Supporting small, organic, and spray free farmers of color
What is a Beet Box?
The Beet Box is an equitable CSA (community supported agriculture) box. It not only supports a diverse group of under-supported small organic and pesticide-free farmers growing a diverse array of vegetables on land ranging from 3-40 acres, it also supports free community farm stands and a community based farmers’ markets in North Oakland. Each box also provides a $2 voucher for a family suffering from diet related diseases (at Children's Hospital Oakland, where the market is located) to try eating fresh produce from the farmers’ market. The box is available for pickup on Saturday afternoon through Sunday and Tuesdays for home delivery in a variety of Oakland and Berkeley locations.
What comes in the box?
The box offers a wide range of seasonal produce with an average of 11-14 items per Full Share box and 7-9 items per Half Share, and 4-6 items going into the Fruit Share.
Who are our Farmers?
Phat Beets Produce works to support small farmers and farmerS of color that grow the freshest pesticide free and organic produce. Meet some of our farmers that contribute to our Beet Box:
Efren Avalos started life as a farmer in Los Cruces, Michoacan, Mexico, before moving to California at age 17. He worked for over 10 years as a strawberry farm worker before starting his own business, a mixed vegetable organic farm in Hollister. Efren was participate of the RDC program to help farmer workers start their own farm now known as ALBA. Efren runs the farm himself, with occasional help from his brother and nephew, often tending his fields from 6:30AM til 9PM. With over 20 years of experience under his belt, Efren is still open to learning new lessons, and says there’s no better education that what he learns on the farm.
Vang Family Farm
Vang Family Farm is located on 15 acres in Merced, California. Seng Vang and his family are from Thailand and are of the Hmong ethnic group. Seng’s parents set up the farm after moving from Thailand. Vang Family Farm is one of the first farms we worked with on the Beet Box, and for great reason — they grow a wide range of fruits and vegetables using organic methods but are not certified organic, including some unique Asian produce like Chinese broccoli and lemongrass. They have 4 unheated hoop houses which allow them to have all sorts of early and late vegetables, as well as subtropical fruits and flowers.
Jorge Ramos provides a wide variety of fruits and nuts. Their fruit are grown in the Central Valley are spray free, but are not certified organic Meaning no pesticides are used in production. Jorge is hoping to begin the transition to organic production in the next year.
Twin Girls Farm
We source organic fruit from Nacho and Family, everything from JuJuBe’s to Mandarins, they got it all!
Castlemont High School Farm (East Oakland)
The SUDA Academy at Castlemont High School in East Oakland has a 1 acre mixed vegetable farm. Phat Beets Produce helps get the produce harvest here into OUSD after school produce stands, into community centers, and the Beet Box CSA . Along with the Beet Box, farm produce from the Castlemont Farm is used by the Phat Beetz Youth Pickle Co. in our krauts and pickles. We buy greens and beets from this sweet 3/4 acre farm in East Oakland!
Options for EBT, Seniors, or Low-Income
We proudly accept EBT/Food Stamps and participate in the Market Match program which allows to offer Beet Boxes for 50% off for all members paying with EBT.
We proudly accept EBT/Food Stamps and participate in the Market Match program which allows us to offer Beet Boxes for 50% off for all members paying with EBT.
If you would like to pay by WIC, or you are a senior that qualifies for FMNP senior checks, or in a low-income situation, please email us for reduced price options. We will work with you to figure out payment and pricing that meets your needs! Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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