Stewardship and Research

Sustainable Farm Practices

As a small organic family farm, we do a lot of things differently from the big farms around us. Here are some of the practices that we take pride in:

  • Extensive use of cover cropping both in winter and summer to improve soil fertility, outcompete weeds, and preserve the topsoil during rains
  • Crop rotation to prevent soilborne disease and pest build-up in any given portion of the farm
  • Planting and maintaining insectary hedgerows of native plants to provide habitat for beneficial insects
  • Conservation tillage practices to reduce fuel consumption and reduce soil compaction
  • Planting on contour to prevent erosion
  • Planting perennials, like blueberries, apples, and pears, on our steepest hillsides to reduce the disturbance of the ground in areas most vulnerable to erosion
  • Taking steeper areas out of production early in the fall to establish a strong cover crop before the winter rains
  • Use of beneficial insects to keep the two-spotted spider mite under control in our strawberry fields
  • Strategic use of terracing for better management of steep hillsides
  • Use of organic seed and seed stock wherever possible
  • No use of pesticides, even organic approved ones.
  • Use of organic compost and organic fertilizers only
  • Utilizing the knowledge base and matching funding available from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and  Resource Conservation District (RCD) to complete large projects on the farm that promote long-term sustainability
  • Participation in studies and research to add to the knowledge base for all organic growers

Stewardship Awards

  • 2009 AWQA (Agricultural Water Quality Alliance) Stewardship Award. This award honors exceptional agricultural water quality stewardship and community leadership
  • 2013 Finalist for Leopold Conservation Award a joint effort of the Sand County Foundation, the California Farm Bureau Federation and Sustainable Conservation. In considering us for this award, they cited our efforts at water quality enhancement, cover cropping, conservation tillage, native hedgerows, planting a vegetative filter strip to prevent run-off from reaching the slough, and our native grassland restoration project.

 

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When you join our CSA, you sign up with the farm to receive a share of the harvest during our 36 week season from mid-March to mid-November. In return, you get a weekly box of organic vegetables and fruit (and optional flowers) delivered straight from our farm to a pick-up site in your neighborhood.

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View our CSA Members Page

This is where you can go to find out what's coming in your box each week, find recipes, identify your vegetables with pictures, and view or print the current and past newsletters. Check here for the information you need to use your box to the fullest.

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