The John Givens Farm – where I’ve been shooting for the past few weeks – is the focus of my project of the story behind a CSA box. Below are a few photos that I’ve already taken of people doing anything from washing vegetables to put in the boxes, to assembling the boxes, to picking them up.
Eric, on the left, and his father Jesus, on the right, wash carrots that will later be put into CSA boxes.
Carolyn Givens, daughter-in-law of John Givens, and her assistant Katie assemble about 100 boxes every Wednesday morning that are then picked up by subscribers or delivered for a small fee.
The two children of one subscriber wait for their Mom on the loading dock, where vegetables are packaged for other deliveries.
The original article is featured as a part of the Santa Barbara Independent’s weekly online “Eye on Isla Vista” column. When I agreed to write for the column on a monthly basis the editor told me I could write about anything – my experience living there, new businesses, changes in laws – as long as it pertained to IV. So, for my first contribution, I chose to write about my experience over the past two years living in the tiny, glorified slum of reckless college students. I hope my piece effectively conveys to you the love-hate relationship most people have with the one square mile of overpriced real estate in one of the most beautiful places on earth and that the single, lone, and unimpressed commenter clearly didn’t understand. Continue reading