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Sustainable Food Sources

A wide variety of quality sources for information, wholesale and retail access to organic, wild and natural foods.

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Sustainable food systems

This directory is adding a wide variety of quality sources for information, wholesale and retail access to organic, wild and natural foods. Included are farmers markets, organic farms, local pick-it-yourself farms, food cooperatives, organic grocery retailers, health food restaurants, and specialty retailers with a significant inventory of health and organic foods.

Home grown food also adds freshness and variety to meals, so we will also include nurseries that carry seeds and plants for California-friendly landscaping, edible landscaping, square-foot gardening and patio gardening. Food doesn’t have to be grown in a big garden. Container gardening, fruit trees, vines that produce fruit, and tiny flower-bed gardens can produce edible food.

Sustainable food systems include high quality nutrition, as well as protection of soil and native wildlife diversity, reduced water usage, liveable wages for farm workers, local distribution to save fossil fuel, and protection of biodiversity by fostering a wide variety of heritage plants. When you add organic techniques such as composting your leftover produce, you save waste that goes into the landfill, and you return nature’s own nutrients to the soil. It’s a living version of recycling!

Sources for organic food system produce

We are including search links to general sources temporarily while we compile a detailed SoCal database of local businesses. If you know of Southern California businesses and nonprofits in these areas, please recommend them on our SOCALNATURE BLOG.

California Farmers Markets A directory of certified farmers' markets, searchable by region or ZIP code. Lists produce grown by region, recipes, and links to related websites.

Organic farms a Directory of organic companies by California Certified Organic Farmers.

Pick-it-yourself farms a directory of pick-your-own farms in Los Angeles and Southern California

Food cooperatives using a Google search. We are researching a list of regional food cooperatives. If you know of one (or several)...please recommend them to us in a comment on our SOCALNATURE BLOG.

Organic grocery retailers and Consumer Supported Agriculture directory by Organic Consumers Association.

Health food restaurants are listed at the HappyCow's Vegetarian Guide to Restaurants & Health Food Stores. We're researching broader offerings.

Specialty retailers with a significant inventory of health and organic foods. This is a broad category, so we're linking you to a Google search for now. We'll add specific resources in the SoCalNature Directory.

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