Siembra Tres Vidas – Puerto Rico’s first CSA Farm

7 May

I recently joined a CSA…  a community supported agriculture farm.  Not only that, it’s ORGANIC too!!

I can’t really remember how I found out about it… but I was doing a search on the internet and it showed me that in Puerto Rico there was a weekly organic farmer’s market in Rincón at a vegetarian restaurant.  We also have one in San Juan at la Placita Roosevelt, but it’s only 2 weekend a month and if I do not write it down in my calendar I usually forget. 

Back to our story…  I wrote the people at the vegetarian restaurant in Rincon to ask them if they knew of any CSA’s in Puerto Rico.  They immediately directed me to Silka and Siembra Tres Vidas. Silka runs, what we believe to be, the first organic CSA farm in Puerto Rico.      


The cool thing about joining a CSA program is it brings together community members and farmers in a seasonal relationship of mutual support. Community members pay the farmer a seasonal fee to cover cost of production. As a benefit to their sponsorship, community members receive an equal share of the weekly harvest during each season. This mutually beneficial arrangement provides the community member of the freshest, sustainable produce and assures financial support to the farmer.

The SIEMBRA TRES VIDAS Mission is to use farming methods that work with nature to produce healthy food and improve the quality of the soil with which we have been entrusted. Neither chemical pesticides nor fertilizers are used on the land or the crops. They grow food to enhance people’s health, and the health of our land and our planet, hoping to set an example to other local farmers and farmers-to-be on the island.

grownSiembra Tres Vidas is located in Aibonito and offered their crops at the farmer’s market in Rincón, which is basically 3 hours away from San Juan, where I live.  The travel time was definitely not attractive…  STV started coming to the Placita Orgánica Roosevelt in San Juan and I kept reassuring Silka she would have great success with a route in San Juan, which finally started last March.

I get a box each week for a period of 12 weeks.  Each week I get the seasonal crops.  As you can see here, we’ve been getting lettuces (arugula, romaine, “lechugas del pais”, Japanese Mizuna, mesclun greens, among others), carrots, radishes, cabbages, fennel bulbs, broccoli…  This week we received for the first time French green beans (haricots vert), grapefruits and cucumbers.  I also get some complimentary herbs – like basil, tarragon, flat leaf parsley, lemongrass, cilantro, among others.

CSA 1     CSA 2


CSA - Brocoli    CSA - Zanahorias       CSA - Tarragon


What’s cool about this project is that:

  • I am seeking inspiration from the seasons to develop recipes for me (and ultimately you, KarmaFree readers)
  • I am eating more organic produce than before – it’s not as readily available in most supermarkets here
  • I get a full box of produce “almost delivered” to my door –  can literally walk to where I pick up my box each week
  • I get to share the bounty with our YOGA center as a karma yoga act – they now benefit from weekly organic produce which is sometimes too expensive when we donate groceries each week
  • I am contributing to the local agriculture community and ultimately to the local economy, supporting the small business owner
  • I am also contributing to a greener environment by eating both locally and organic


In the weeks to come, I will be sharing some of the dishes I have created based on the bounties of my CSA basket each week.  It will become a series titled – FROM MY CSA BASKET…

A few of the recipes I have done already are:

Mashed Potatoes with Broccoli

Chunky Tomato Sauce

Silka is always in search of crop-sharing sponsors who will gain satisfaction from knowing they are part of our small effort to minimize global warming thru local sustainable agriculture in Puerto Rico.  If you would like more information about Siembra Tres Vidas, you can contact them at:

And you can also get their produce at these Organic Markets in Puerto Rico

Mercado Orgánico Madre Tierra
La Placita Roosevelt, Hato Rey, San Juan, 8 am – 1pm – all year.
1st & 3rd Sunday of month

Mercado Agro-Ecológico de Rincón
Town square, Rincón, 8 am – 1 pm
1st & 3rd Sunday of month. We participate from October thru March.


14 Responses to “Siembra Tres Vidas – Puerto Rico’s first CSA Farm”

  1. Adriana May 8, 2009 at 11:03 am #

    I find it amazing and surprising that there actually is a CSA in PR. We have some here, but because of the financial situation of a graduate student were not able to afford it. However, it is something I am looking forward to when we move to Rochester.

    Not that I really care for organic food or carbon footprints; I don’t even really like vegetables or greens either. But I like the creative factor and the community factor. You buy local, and boy do you have to be creative around that box.

    Good for you!

    • jon July 7, 2009 at 10:23 pm #

      your comments are very stupid!!!, might as well just shut up and dont say anything!!!

      Very good info on the CSA farm in PR though!

      • Adriana September 9, 2010 at 10:36 pm #

        Uhm Jon, the only one here being anything of what you say is you with your disrespectful comments and attitude.

  2. Paul Haider September 2, 2009 at 1:19 pm #

    I would like to start ordering a box each week of organic produce–Please call me or email me
    Thank You–Paul Haider

    KFC – Hi Paul… I gave your information to Silka who runs Siembra 3 Vidas. She’ll contact you soon…

    • MJ June 7, 2013 at 11:57 am #

      This is such an old post but is this still in operation? I can’t find anything current on it and we’d like to do a ‘driveabout’ (we’re on Culebra) on the big island to see who is doing organic farming there. Thanks!!

      • KarmaFree Cooking June 13, 2013 at 1:33 pm #

        I’s sorry to reply to this now… but I do believe Siembra Tres Vidas is still operating. I do not participate in their CSA (if they’re still doing that) but I do buy some of their greens at Freshmart, the closest thing PR has of a Whole Foods. You can call them at the number in their website.

        Hope you enjoy your stay in Puerto Rico… Madelyn.

      • caribemj June 13, 2013 at 4:28 pm #

        Thanks! I live on Culebra and we are looking for sources long term for over here. I’ll get in touch with them.

  3. Luz Negron August 18, 2010 at 1:05 pm #

    I’m very interested in receiving the farmers market veggie box. Please refer me to the approrpriate contact person. Love the website and recipes!!!

    • KarmaFree Cooking August 18, 2010 at 2:05 pm #

      @Luz – the email is right there… My friend’s name is SILKA. Good luck…

  4. virginia March 24, 2011 at 7:42 pm #

    I want to know more about vegetarian and farming

  5. Zoraida June 30, 2011 at 8:50 pm #

    What is the cost or at least a range of the cost each week, just so I can get an idea to see if we can afford joining.

    • KarmaFree Cooking July 1, 2011 at 7:36 am #

      I have not been part of it since last year… so I do not know their current costs. I used to pay approximately $300 for a 12 week participation. That would be about $100/month and $25/week, I guess. The box used to be huge for me and my mom, so we also shared the contents with our yoga center. E-mail Siembra Tres Vidas to see what they’re doing now. I also know of this place called whish I beleve supply themselves from Siembra Tres Vidas and they might have smaller participations and they do supplement with other organic goods – milk, baked goods, etc.

  6. Zoraida July 1, 2011 at 10:36 am #

    Thanks, I did check out the website after writing here, we are a family of 3 so would need something small. Did you have to participate it all the weeks? We can’t afford that amount per week but maybe every two weeks? I am sure the produce will last me. I don’t mind participating on a now and then basis when we can afford it, but sometimes we just can’t, you know what I mean? Who can I contact to ask?

    • KarmaFree Cooking July 1, 2011 at 11:04 am #

      i believe there is an email for Siembra Tres Vidas in my post… and if not, at their website. I used to have an email of the person who managed it, but unfortunately, she passed away recently. So I am sure that email is no longer applicable. Check out I believe they might have other type of share arrangements. Good Luck…

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