Common Roots Farm
March 2019
Big news! New name!
Volunteers gather for a picture after the Spring 2018 Farm Work Day.
by Heidi Cartan
Executive Director

Well, it seems apt at the start of spring that we should begin our second season of production with some fanfare. We have news! Our Board of Directors, team of volunteers, and select supporters have chosen a new name for our farm. Costanoa Commons has caused some confusion with our neighbor up the coast, Costanoa Resort, though there is no affiliation. As you know, here, people with and without disabilities collaborate to steward a rare urban farm whose products can nourish us all. I am very pleased to announce that our new name is “Common Roots Farm!

We are transitioning our legal documents, Facebook and Instagram accounts, and the like over the next few weeks. With this new name will come a new logo, too! Common Roots Farm is initiating a logo contest to invite artists to design a new logo for our organization. For more information and to enter, click here. The winner will receive a share of our farm products through a subscription to our CSA if local. A nonlocal winner can choose a basket of honey, berry jams, and dried flower wreath. We can’t wait to see our community’s creativity.

My words fail to capture what makes Common Roots Farm unique, but it has everything to do with our deeply-held belief that farmers of all abilities are welcome here. The team of dedicated volunteers that have assembled on our farm to date are generous people who come with a great diversity of skills. One thing they have in common, though, is their capacity to welcome sharing their work with people who, quite possibly, are different from anyone they’ve ever met.

We have a lot of plans at Common Roots Farm. One of them is to turn that experience of difference into relationships that yield lots of healthy food, beautiful flowers, and a sense of purpose. Therein lie our common roots.

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Reserve your berries and blooms today!
A volunteer picks strawberries on the farm during the 2018 growing season.
Did you enjoy our strawberries last year? Want to brighten your home with organic cut flowers while lending your direct support to farmers with disabilities? Common Roots Farm is launching the first season of our CSA so that you can buy a ‘share’ in our local farm and receive quality products directly each week.

Becoming a CSA member is a great way to support Common Roots Farm. Your weekly share will include a beautiful market bouquet of mixed flowers featuring our dahlias, sunflowers, and other varieties, two pints of organic strawberries, plus a farmer’s surprise such as a head of butter lettuce, culinary herbs, broccoli, raspberries! CSA customers will also have first option to purchase our fresh eggs, honey, and other value-added products.

To learn more or sign up for a CSA share, please click the CSA Info & Signup button. You can choose a payment method and your pick-up location in Santa Cruz or Mountain View. Sign up now to be sure you enjoy the freshest berries and blooms possible! Common Roots Farm looks forward to growing for you!
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Community Work Day April 27th
A gathering at the site of the future farm. Please come join us on April 27th at 9:00 a.m. for a Community Work Day, followed by lunch by our fabulous food crew. There will be live music for those who simply want to enjoy being on the farm. We welcome you!

You can:

  • Paint our new shed.
  • Build a goat pen.
  • Plant native plants into the riparian area along creek.
  • Install weed mat in the raised bed area.
  • Dig holes and plant aromatic herbs alongside our greenhouse.
  • Remove non-native species from our riparian zone and plant native plants.
  • Build two compost areas with adaptations to make it easier for our disabled farmers to sift compost.
  • Put up fencing and bird netting for a new digs for our 25 laying hens.

Stay until 1:00 p.m. for music, a delicious lunch, and a chance to hang out with new and old friends.

To register, click the Register for the Work Day button and choose one or more spots you like. Registered volunteers will receive an email reminder and a notice if the work day is cancelled due to weather. Minors must be accompanied by an adult, and only Trained Service Animals are allowed on the farm.

( does not share your email address with anyone. However, if you prefer not to use it, click here to email Loletta Ho, the work day coordinator, and she will sign you up manually.)
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