Shooting Star CSA

Lily Schneider & Matthew Mccue

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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Markets:Downtown Berkeley (Saturday)Season:
April – NovemberProduct: Mixed vegetables, heirloom peppers and tomatoes, sweet corn, and melonsFarmer's Name: Lily Schneider & Matthew MccueMailing Address: PO Box 3087
Fairfield, CA 94533
Phone: (707) 207-0548
Website: www.shootingstarcsa.comFarm Location:
Fairfield, Solano County, CADistance From Berkeley:
35 milesSoil Type: Sycamore Silty Clay LoamWater Source: Solano Irrigation District (water frrom Lake Berryessa), and on-site wellsAbout the Farm:
Shooting Star CSA is owned and managed by Lily Schneider and Matthew Mccue. At peak season, they generally hire two additional farm workers.Organic Certification: Certified Organic by CCOF since 2009Fertilizer: 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.”Weed Control: Mechanical cultivation using a Farmall 140 tractor, use of straw mulch, and use of plastic mulch for strawberriesPest Management: Use of row covers and OMRI-approved insecticides including Safer Brand insecticidal soap and PyGanic sprayAcreage: 15 acres