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Find local food, farm and garden resources for you and your family

Where to Buy Local Food

Grow Your Own Food

Cook at Home

Farm & Home School Activities

Get involved and volunteer with our partner organizations – list of opportunities here with Connecting Point.

Where to Buy Local Food

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Buy directly from Nevada County farmers and ranchers to access the freshest food!

Farmers Markets

By Order of the Nevada County Public Health Officer, farmers markets are an essential service and social distancing measures are in place.

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

Invest early in the season with a CSA and receive fresh food from your local farmer every week! Check with individual farms for more details.

  • Calmil Teoyotica, Nevada City – Contact the farm via email or call (530) 318-6165 for more details. 
  • Early Bird Farm, Nevada City – Vegetable CSA sold out as of 4/24/20.
  • First Rain Farm offers a fresh goat milk herd share, which is a little different than a CSA, but provides weekly access to fresh milk.  Milk shares sold out as of 4-24-20.
  • Foothill Roots Farm, Meadow Vista – Details on website.
  • King of the Woods Farm, Grass Valley – Details on website.
  • Lush Leaf Nursery, Penn Valley – Home deliveries and also pick up locations available for microgreens.
  • Mountain Bounty Farm, Nevada City/Grass Valley/Truckee.  Shares are sold out but join their waitlist for the next openings.
  • Soil Sisters Farm, flower CSA based in Nevada City
  • Starbright Acres Family Farm, Grass Valley – CSA new this year – contact for more details.
  • Stone’s Throw Farm, Colfax. CSA new this year – Details on website.  Watch Bryanna Eisenhut, Stone’s Throw Farm co-owner chat with Jon Katis of KNCO about the latest offerings at the farm at this time.

Farm Credit

Farm Stands, Online Orders, & Other Direct Sales

Nevada County Grown

Need Food Assistance? Here are resources to help with meals

  • CALFRESH– provides financial assistance to by fresh food, seeds and starts.  Many local farmers’ markets accept CALFRESH and offer a Matching Program which can double the value when purchasing fruits or vegetables. Application required.
  • Interfaith Food Ministry – offers nutritious food for those struggling to make ends meet. Applications waived, proof of residency required.  In partnership with United Way, IFM also distributes food the 2nd Saturday of each month from 10am-noon for working families who may not be able to make it during the week.
  • Food Bank of Nevada County – offers drive-through distributions to those in need. Application required.
  • Emily’s Catering – offering free, wholesome lunches every Friday at noon, intended for school children or anyone else in need of a meal. Just stop by and drive through their parking lot. 
  • Gold Country Community Services Meals on Wheels – home-delivered meals to home-bound adults, application required.
  • The Tahoe Food Hub – The Tahoe Food Hub’s Giving Box Program offers a local box of produce to laid-off Food & Beverage employees in the North Lake Tahoe area. To sign up, contact Susie Sutphin, Executive Director, with name, email, cell# and the name of the restaurant.

Local Restaurants & Groceries

Grow Your Own Food

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Local Farms Offering Plant Starts

Plant start sales coming soon! Here a list of who will have them:

Local Farm and Garden Supply Stores

Need to learn how?

  • Sierra Harvest’s Sierra Gardens Program will provide supplies and mentorship for your own successful backyard vegetable garden.  Apply now.  
  • Sierra Harvest also provides onsite garden consultations if you just need some guidance to get started or trouble shoot a challenge.  Schedule an appointment.
  • Get regular, seasonal tips for your garden from our Sierra Gardens garden blog.
  • Peaceful Valley Farm & Garden Supply has an incredible archive of DIY videos on all matters related to growing your own food at home.  Search now to learn more!
  • UC Master Gardeners of Nevada County are trained volunteers within our community that give out research-based gardening and composting information at no cost! Until their office reopens to the public, you can ask for garden advice via their website.
  • For The People Seed Farm is offering volunteer days where you will learn how to propagate, grow, harvest seeds. Tuesdays and Wednesdays 9 am to noon. Contact Sarah to schedule an appointment:  FTPseeds@gmail.com.

Cook at Home

Recipes from Local Chefs That Kids (and Adults) Will Love!

Check out these delicious and easy to follow recipes from Sierra Harvest Tasting Days, where local chefs come and teach kids how to cook with fresh, local food.

Farm & Home School Activities

2019 Food love farm summer camp

Outschool classes on “Pollination Feeds the Planet! Learn Plant and Bee Anatomy by Making Art” by local artist and teacher Jenny  Hale.

34 movies, documentaries, and series to educate and inspire and remind us of the power of food.

Incredible guide to starting and growing a garden – step by step from Rodale Institute.

Cooking While Quarantined with Kids: Kid Approved Recipes & Lesson Plans.

From daily to weekly lessons from Edible Schoolyard Project.

An abundance of gardening articles, tips and information for gardening with kids from Kids Gardening non-profit.

Here are some great resources from the Center of Ecoliteracy.

Nourishing Students (Grades K–5)
This handbook offers engaging and hands-on activities for students to explore the bounty of California-grown fruits and vegetables.

Abundant California (Grades 3–5)
Everything we eat has a story to tell. This suite of lessons teaches students about California crops and introduces them to the food system that sustains us all.

Understanding Food and Climate Change (Grades 6–12)
An interactive guide for educators, students, and advocates that explores how food systems and our changing climate interact, and how personal choices can make a difference.

Big Ideas: Linking Food, Culture, Health, and the Environment (Grades K–12)
Created in partnership with National Geographic, featuring learning experiences that link food, culture, health, and the environment.

Needs and Wants Activity (Grades 4–8)
Designed explicitly for home settings, this activity helps to distinguish things needed to live a healthy life and things that would be merely nice to have.

Food, Inc. Discussion Guide (Grades 9–12)

This guide can be used to spark discussion at home after viewing the Academy Award-nominated documentary Food, Inc., which takes a critical look at the industrialization of our country’s food supply.  

Last updated May 21, 2020.

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