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We're raising funds to offer Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares — a weekly box of veggies, typically 10-12 items — to low-income families.
46 backers pledged $10,025 to help bring this project to life.

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Mano Farm is a hand-cultivated, experimental farm on one acre of land in Ojai, California operated by Justin Huhn, David Klein & Quin Shakra. Hand cultivation means human powered: no tractors, roto-tillers, or petroleum-powered machines are used to grow our crops; no chemical fertilizers, herbicides, or pesticides are used on the land; we are organic in all ways save official certification.


We broke ground in early August 2009, digging a 100 square foot bed planted with pumpkins. Nearly a year later, about half our land is in cultivation and our farm has a 20-member Community Supported Agriculture program (CSA). Members sign up for shares in the farm on a monthly or seasonal basis, paying in advance. In return they receive a weekly box containing a portion of what the farm grows in a given season.


We have had many folks from our community express their desire to join our program, but lack the financial means to afford it. We strongly believe that access to local, healthy produce should NOT be an economic equation. That’s why we’re here at Kickstarter: to connect with both our local community and the larger sphere of individuals who are committed to supporting food justice here in the Ojai Valley. Our funding goal of $10,000 will immediately provide free CSA shares for 18 low-income families for six months.


Any funding above and beyond our goal will go toward subsidizing additional shares, further expansion of our farm, and community education through free workshops.


Thank you for your support!

—David, Justin, & Quin

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    One button with Mano Farm logo.

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    Justin’s handmade salve from Mano Farm herbs. Includes previous reward.

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    Volume One of Mano Farm’s newsletters and Mano Farm notebooks, by Quin. Includes all previous rewards.

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    Limited edition, signed print of David’s artwork. Includes all previous rewards.

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    Introduction to hand-cultivated farming workshop @ Mano Farm, by the Mano Amigos.

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    Three months homeopathic health care treatment – including homeopathic medicines (a $585 value ) — by Mary Apsinwall, professional classical homeopath. Appointments available in Ojai, Santa Barbara or on the phone. Visit ojaihaven.com for more details.

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    Farmers' market bag hand-crocheted by Quin with ‘avocado green’ hemp yarn.

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    Gourmet meal prepared with farm-fresh vegetables & local wine, served at Mano Farm. For donor + 3 guests.

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Funding period

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