Alo Malibu has initiated an exciting, unique organic farm project. Perched over the majestic Pacific Ocean, Alo Farms sits on over six acres of lush, fertile land. With the help of our clients, we have built twenty 16’x4′ raised beds, brimming with rich organic soil. Future plans include an orchard, and livestock. We first adopted six chickens, who were then joined by pigmy goats and ducks.
Presently, we are growing tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, asparagus, onions, herbs and more! Future plans include an exciting line of products that our clients will grow, prepare, package, and market, themselves, including lavender and lemon verbena soaps, plus barbecue sauces and iced teas.
The entire farm project, and future product line – marketed under the Alo Farms banner – is meant to provide our clients with community economic development opportunities. Not only could Alo Farms provide clients with a source of income and work experience, whether it’s in marketing, horticulture, administration, but just as important, it will give them a sense of self-esteem and build confidence in their ability to contribute to society in a meaningful way.
Additionally, by selling the products in the local marketplace, in stores and at the Malibu farmer’s market, the Alo Farms project will work to remove the stigma attached to addiction, and to the recovery community in Malibu more generally. Local citizens will be able to see us for who we really are – a close-knit community of good-hearted young people who just needed to feel passionate about something, plus a little support and guidance. And instead of being a burden on the Malibu – quite the contrary! – we are providing our neighbors with food and wholesome nutrition.