What do we do?
The staff at San Diego Co-Harvest are driven by a single goal; to make healthy-food affordable and accessible in all communities. To achieve this goal, our members' unused (residential, commercial, agricultural) space is used to build an efficient system of micro-farms throughout San Diego communities. These micro-farms are tended to by our Four Categories of residents and SD Co-Harvest staff. 50% of the food produced is then given back to members and at least 50% is donated to our food insecure membership. Extra produce is donated to Bayside Community Center and the San Diego Food Bank.
A Journey Towards Food System Equity
Dealing with the challenges of today requires problem-solvers who aren't afraid to challenge community norms. Our mission has been inspired by trends in food insecurity and dietary disease within San Diego nieghborhoods. We will not stand by as our global environment, regional economies, and local communities are devastated by our current food system. San Diego Co-Harvest has emerged out of a pursuit to inspire and support low-income communities without access to healthy food. Established in 2019, we’re an organization driven by progressive ideas, bold actions, and a strong foundation of support. Contact us to learn more and get involved.
Our members and volunteers are the backbone of Co-Harvest Foundation. Their innovative use of excess urban space enables the production of healthy food for food-insecure families throughout San Diego. Our 25 current Co-Harvest Members are eager to end food-insecurity and change the way we produce food. They have grown over 5k lbs of food, and as a result are reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing the nutritional input into food-insecure communities.
Our growing membership consist of teachers, healthcare workers, service workers, entrepreneurs, families, and seniors. These people from all walks of life are more efficiently using their space in a diverse network of micro-farms spanning 9 of San Diego's communities. These individuals and families and doing there part in trying to make our city more food secure and environmentally friendly.
About Our Founders
Founder Avery Cramer is a native San Diegan with a vision for a more environmentally and economically sustainable future for all. Avery has a Bachelors degree in Environmental Policy from Loyola University of Chicago and has worked on a farm, a restaurant, and at a community food bank.
The management of Co-Harvest consists of CEO Avery Cramer, leaders at Bayside Community Center, and input from our membership. This business was founded as a social enterprise that incorporates a cooperative element within its membership and with non-profit partners. This membership cooperation and input is so important to our success because in order to create a societal shift towards more local agriculture, we must influence community norms about where food should come from. Our founder understands it will take input from all sectors to transform the food system and complete our mission.