From the Ground Up: A Profile on Coastal Roots Farm

For our next profile in the "From the Ground Up" series, we talk with Ricardo Lopez, Vegetable Production Coordinator at Coastal Roots Farm in Encinitas, California. Check out our Q&A on the blog today!

As part of the on-going efforts of the 2020 Climate Change Consortium, hosted in partnership by the Climate Science Alliance and the California Department of Food and Agriculture, we are excited to share a series of producer stories, called “From the Ground Up: Farmer Profiles,” highlighting our region’s producers and the important work they do for our communities.

Today’s farmer profile is with Ricardo Lopez, Vegetable Production Coordinator for Coastal Roots Farm. Located in Encinitas, California, this community-based farm specializes in organic vegetable production and hands-on education. 

Climate Science Alliance (Alliance): Why do you farm? 

Ricardo Lopez (Lopez): Farming is honest and humbling work -- what you put in, you get out.  The lifestyle of farming is also very important for us --  it is seasonal, keeping us connected to our environment, and allows us to be outside and healthy. It’s also community-based -- it is fulfilling to connect with and provide for our local community.

Alliance: Describe the farm. 

Lopez: Coastal Roots Farm is a small community and education farm located on 17 acres of historic property in Encinitas, California. The farm includes vegetable production fields, a food forest, chickens, composting, and an educational garden/farm.  We grow organic vegetables on 2 acres of the land using sustainable practices rooted in ancient Jewish wisdom.  We are also an education center, hosting a variety of hands-on community and youth engagement events, programs, and volunteer opportunities.

Alliance: What do you love about the farm?

Lopez: I love the rich history of the farm, formerly the home of Paul Ecke Ranch Poinsettia, and that it has been intentionally preserved as agricultural land for many years. 

I feel proud of how we treat and work with the land here. Our goal is to be a good steward -- everything on the farm is organic and we use sustainable practices to manage the land. I see the farm as an oasis in a metropolitan area that provides an important service for people. I think the community aspect is also very important, bringing together people in a tight knit community.