Longtime member Sue Garson says, “The Clairemont Produce Cooperative offers a great opportunity for us to mingle with fellow home gardeners and to exchange organic produce. We also get to share tips on gardening. It’s a total win-win!” Nina S. is passionate about being active in the group. “I love trying out produce that I’ve never had before, learning from my neighbors about organic gardening and meeting new people in my community,” she said. Mike B. added, “For me it’s all about the produce. I like sharing my surplus fruits and vegetables and receiving different produce from the neighborhood.”
The program began in July 2011 and active membership has averaged 20 to 40 residents in Clairemont. Exchanges take place the second Saturday of each month and cost absolutely nothing. Those who have surplus produce and want to participate RSVP a few days in advance. Then, the Thursday prior to the exchange, a notification is sent with the final count. Participants drop off their bag of produce to a central location at 9 am and pick up their free Farmer’s Market-style variety bag by 11 am.
In addition, Clairemont Produce Cooperative members meet periodically to hear from experts about organic gardening, tour other gardens and socialize at potlucks. These meetings are casual opportunities to connect with and learn from some very talented people in your neighborhood.
If this program interests you, please visit www.clairemontproducecooperative.com to learn more or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org .