29127 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90265
As temperatures climbed into the hundreds yesterday, we escaped to the breezy shores of Malibu. Inching our way up Pacific Coast Highway (apparently everyone else in LA had the same idea), we were lured by a sign for figs, pulled over, and wound up discovering the Vital Zuman Sustainable Farm and Biointensive Village.
Farmer Alan Cunningham was there and happy to tell us about the adjacent six-acre farm started by his parents in the 1950s, to talk about organic farming standards (Vital Zuman is Certified Naturally Grown), and to share seasonal produce cooking tips. Committed to fostering socially responsible, vital agriculture, Cunningham is developing a collective of local farmers and also invites volunteers to work on the farm in exchange for freshly-picked produce.
The farm stand is generally open from 10-7 on weekdays and 10-5 on weekends, but Cunningham explains it depends on the season, the traffic, and the availability of produce. Call ahead or keep an eye out if you happen to be driving on PCH near Kanan Dume Road. It's a delicious, inspiring stop on the way to or from the beach!
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(Images: Emily Ho)