UrbanLife programs offer almost 16,000 meals per year to neighborhood youth. These same youth need jobs and job training to get them ready for the world.

These facts seemed to collide in an exciting opportunity… transform vacant lots into vibrant urban farms. Produce some of our own local, healthy produce for youth to be exposed to and learn to love. (Kale chips, anyone?) Provide a context for job skills training and youth jobs. Beautify the neighborhood and engage the community through volunteerism and participation.

Thus, the UrbanLife Farms program was created and now has farms in both City Heights and Southeast San Diego!

To volunteer with us, please email Farm Manager Aaron Brinkman at aaron@urbanlifesd.org for days/times and farm addresses


Youth Employment

Each season, we hire youth interns to work at the farm sites. These are just a few of the skills we expose the youth to as they participate in the UrbanLife Farms internship:

  • how to apply and interview
  • punctuality and responsibility
  • customer service
  • how to work on a team and interact with supervisors
  • how to work hard and stay on task
  • and of course, many farming skills like rototilling, planting, harvesting, and more.

Contact Amanda Jordan-Starks (amanda@urbanlifesd.org) if you or someone you know (high school age) is interested in working at UrbanLife Farms.

UrbanLife Farms CSA Program

CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture, and basically it’s an easy way for people to buy fresh and local produce directly from their local farmer (or urban farmer, in our case!) 

Our CSA gets our organic produce into the hands of our community, both far and wide. What you get when you sign up for our CSA program is a weekly bag of fresh produce grown on the UrbanLife farm, a weekly CSA newsletter, and the knowledge that not only are you getting fresh, local, tasty produce but you’re also providing an urban student with a job! Providing youth jobs is the unique benefit of being a part of the UrbanLife CSA.

When you sign up for our CSA program, you become part of the UrbanLife Farms family! You’ll get to know our youth farmers, find out first-hand what’s growing, and possibly even come and volunteer in the farm… bringing your food that much closer to your plate!

We’ll be sending out recipes that we have tried and are testing (or maybe have even been created!) with our youth, and hope that you’ll tell us how you’re using your produce as well. There are also options to buy a bag for someone in the neighborhood, or add a donation onto your bag subscription so that you can help UrbanLife Farms grow! How much better does that make your food taste?

UrbanLife FArms CSA Information 

CSA Seasons 2017

  • Spring- March 12th - June 18th (14 weeks)
  • Fall- August 20th - November 19th (14 weeks)
    12 week option, starting September 3rd, now available!

Our bag will have 7-9 produce items, recipes, a newsletter and other goodies each week.  

Pick-up Locations
For the CSA bag, we have the following possible drop-off locations:

  • UrbanLife Farms in City Heights (Sundays 9a-12p)

  • La Jolla Presbyterian Church (Sundays between services 9:30a-11a) 

  • Canyon Springs Church in Scripps Ranch (Sundays, between services 9:45-10:30a) 

  • Southeast Community Church  (Sundays 10-11:30am)

  • Point Loma Presbyterian Church (Sundays 9:30a-11:30am)

  • Bridge Church (Sundays 9a-12p)

  • Journey Community Church (Sundays 9:30a-12p)

  • La Jolla Community Church (Sundays 9:30a-12p)

  • Pricing

    •  $420 total, due at start of CSA program
      14 bags @ $30/bag or $360 total for 12 weeks

    • City Heights/Southeast Resident Special:
      $350 total, due at start of CSA program
      14 bags @ $25/bag or $300 total for 12 weeks

Not ready for a CSA?

Donate a CSA bag to a family in need

We need your help!
Your donation helps employ urban youth and keeps the farms growing.