Lily Schneider is a Berkeley native who loves taking care of plants and eating good food. She knew from a very young age that farming was what she wanted to do. Lily has an unmatched passion for agriculture and food quality. Matthew Mccue first witnessed the power of local food while serving as a soldier in Iraq. Once his service was finished, he volunteered for the Peace Corps in Niger, West Africa. Lily and Matthew met at the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems at U.C. Santa Cruz where they both earned Certificates in Ecological Horticulture. Eventually, they started Shooting Star CSA. They are dedicated to providing top quality, organic produce to local, Bay Area markets, and to utilizing farming practices that are in harmony with the natural world.
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Fairfield, CA 94533
www.shootingstarcsa.comFairfield, Solano County, CA 35 miles Sycamore Silty Clay Loam Solano Irrigation District (water frrom Lake Berryessa), and on-site wells Shooting Star CSA is owned and managed by Lily Schneider and Matthew Mccue. At peak season, they generally hire two additional farm workers. Certified Organic by CCOF since 2009 Shooting Star CSA implements sound crop rotations and plants an annual cover crop of bell beans and vetch to maintain soil fertility. They also incorporate compost and Cal Organics fertilizers into their soil. Lily and Matthew say, “We believe in feeding the soil so the soil feeds the plants, rather than pumping nitrogen directly into the plants.” Mechanical cultivation using a Farmall 140 tractor, use of straw mulch, and use of plastic mulch for strawberries Use of row covers and OMRI-approved insecticides including Safer Brand insecticidal soap and PyGanic spray 15 acres