About Us

Welcome to Muir Ranch!

In 2011, a dedicated team of volunteer teachers and students began converting 1.5 acres of the John Muir High School campus into an urban farm. Muir Ranch grows a variety of flowers, vegetables and fruit that are included in weekly CSA boxes as well as school cafeteria lunches. Students can complete community service or internship graduation requirements by enrolling in classes at the Ranch. Muir Ranch also provides paid internships to students, which are funded by private donations, special events, farmer’s market sales, and subscriptions to the produce box program (CSA).

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a model of food production and distribution that provides a direct link between local farmers and consumers. It is a contract between the community and local food producers; a promise that consumers will support farmers through lean times and times of high production.

Every week, Muir Ranch CSA subscribers get a box or bag of about 7-10 different types of fruit and vegetables grown without the use of pesticides or chemical fertilizers. Customers pick their shares up at central distribution sites throughout Pasadena. Muir Ranch CSA partners with several local farms for seasonal fruit and vegetables to supplement the farm’s produce, providing tax-deductible weekly boxes to over 100 subscribers. You, too, can be part of this healthy program and enjoy eating with the seasons.

Muir Ranch is fiscally sponsored by the Pasadena Educational Foundation, a 501(c)(3) corporation. The Pasadena Educational Foundation (PEF) believes strong schools build strong communities. That is why, for more than 40 years, PEF has been committed to building dynamic community partnerships to support our public schools. Being a vital part of the community enables PEF to provide essential resources and enrichment opportunities to every public school student in Altadena, Pasadena, and Sierra Madre. Whether it be through the arts, music, health centers, gardens, or STEM programs they support, PEF is dedicated to creating a better future for our students and for our community.

For more information, email barrett.shirly@pusd.us or call 626-396-5850, ext. 89189.