Lost Sierra Food Project offers a Free and Reduced Farm Share (Community Supported Agriculture) program, which provides weekly produce boxes for participants who are low-income, many of whom are without work. In exchange for a seasonal farm share, recipients choose to volunteer nine hours on the farm and participate in three cooking classes with local chefs, or in lieu of volunteering, they can pay a subsidized amount.
In light of COVID-19, we anticipate there will be an increased need for access to fresh produce. Prior to COVID-19, Plumas County’s unemployment rate was double that of the state and 19% of the population in Plumas County identified as food insecure (vs 14% in CA), while children had a higher rate of 23%, in contrast to 19% of children across California (CHA, 2016.) As a rural, frontier community, we are particularly vulnerable to economic and climactic fluctuation. Our programs seek to address the root cause of food insecurity and environmental degradation from agriculture, while empowering our community to create lasting solutions.
We are seeking funding from our broader community to triple the number of shares offered this season and extend the amount of time they are offered. We hope to provide produce for 15 weeks to 30 Plumas County families in need. If you are financially able to donate, your contribution will have direct and immediate impact.
$20 donation is ONE week of produce for one small family 1 - 3 people
$30 donation is ONE week of produce for one large family 3 - 5 people
$80 donation is FOUR weeks of produce for one small family
$120 donation is FOUR weeks of produce for one large family
$160 donation is EIGHT weeks of produce for one small family
$240 donation is EIGHT weeks of produce for one large family
$260 donation is TWELVE weeks of produce for one small family
$360 donation is TWELVE weeks of produce for one large family
$320 donation for the ENTIRE SEASON of produce for one small family
$450 donation for the ENTIRE SEASON of produce for one large family
We are a 501 c 3 and donations are 100% tax deductible. Consider becoming a recurring donor on our website.
One of last year’s participants wrote, “I was a recipient of a produce share through the Lost Sierra Food Project in the summer of 2019. I want to tell you how wonderful this program is, especially in its uniqueness to provide fresh and diverse produce to a lower income bracket that often does not have the money to purchase this type of food. Each week I received produce and was able to plan my meals around what was available in my share. The food was picked very recently, often that morning, and also often eaten that very evening!
The people I met through this program helped me learn more about farming. We were able to put in time instead of money to receive the produce shares. This is a fun and educational program where everyone involved benefits. As a lower income individual, these are the types of programs we can benefit from because we can contribute and receive.” - Kcarolina Christensen
About Lost Sierra Food Project: Plumas County is a remote, mountainous area of Northeast California that has minimal access to fresh produce and health services. As a “frontier” community, with 8 people per square mile and 85 miles from the nearest city, many of our resident’s experience chronic food insecurity and lack basic health services. Given our geographic region, Plumas County is also vulnerable to a changing climate and must create a resilient emergency food system. Plumas County is a neighboring county to Butte County, where the deadliest and most destructive fire in California occurred, the 2018 Camp Fire.
The Lost Sierra Food Project was developed in March 2019 by a team of 4 community members in response to the limited access of fresh, local produce and the need to educate about ecological farming and wellness. They brought their diverse experience of working in education, environmental activism and sustainable farming to this new venture. Our mission is to increase access of locally grown produce to Plumas County residents, prioritizing low income populations, provide workforce development programs on our farm, and create ecological farming educational opportunities.
1. Increase ecological food production and revive our local food system.
2. Enhance education in regenerative farming and wellness through community workshops, trainings, and school programs.
3. Empower people through experiential and skill-based workforce development on the farm.
4. Create a sustainable, replicable Farm Share model that increases food access, particularly to low income community members.