ALBA is an organization that helps cultivate the local farm community by training farmers and developing organic agriculture. We worked with them to produce delicious products that feature the full flavor of Salinas Valley fruit.
We developed a Péche de Vigne (vineyard peach) jam from the peaches grown at Bonny Doon’s Popelouchum Vineyard & Farm in San Juan Bautista. This particular fruit produces a uniquely sweet flavor and deep red color that perfectly ties it to the terroir of San Juan Bautista wine country.
We had the opportunity to work with Coastal Moon’s blueberries, which were naturally sweet and perfect for jam.
We produced a delicious Zinfandel jelly made from this Sierra Madre Mountain wine producer in Santa Barbara. Farmers Steve Gliessman and Roberta Jaffe grow their 5-acre vineyard using traditional dry-farm practices while producing full;-bodied wines, protecting the environment and conserving water.
Luke Taylor has headed up the brewing program in the heart of the Pajaro valley making smooth, sexy beers with the drinker in mind. We made a bomb Acid Cabin sour jelly to pair perfectly with local meats and the foods that hail from this rich vital region.
When the rains came late one year, Everett Family Farm had a huge crop of strawberries that needed immediate processing before they turned. We took these full-flavored beauties and turned them into shrubs and vinegars, with a variation that included a tarragon infusion. Nestled in the heart of Soquel alongside the Corralitos creek, this family farm grow fruits, vegetables and herbs, and raise chickens along with other livestock.
We developed several products for this generational rare citrus nursery that provides rare and unusual, organic citrus to farms around the country. We created several products for them, including shrubs, margarita mix, and marmalade made from a variety of kumquats, Persian limes, and lemons.
We produced several products for Pescadero’s Green Oaks Farm, including an heirloom pepper jelly and shrub, a spicy tomato jelly, and a tomato shrub.
We collaborated with Helena and Matthew of Happy Acre Farm in Sunol, who grow fruits, vegetables and flowers with their baby, August. We created a beautiful examples of terroir by separating out the multiple varietals of heirloom peppers, creating a rainbow offering of jellies. We also developed an heirloom tomato jelly.
The Homeless Garden Project helps train new farmers and get people back on their feet; they grow a variety of crops for local markets and CSA boxes. We regularly collaborate with them by employing their graduates in a continuation enrichment program, and developing products from their harvest. Some of our past products include jams and culinary vinegars made from smoked Padrón peppers and chipotle heirloom tomatoes, as well as smoked pumpkin and ginger-citrus pumpkin jellies.
Our recent collaboration with Live Earth allowed us the privilege to work with some of the finest apples in the county. We created a delicious apple shrub from several thousand pounds of fruit, and had plenty of silage left over to feed to livestock.
Farm Discovery at Live Earth is a nonprofit environmental organization that grows healthy relationships through food, farming, and nature with the children of Northern California. We create these products to help raise funding for these farm camps throughout the year, including Bearss lime margarita mix, pink peppercorn apple jelly, lavender apple syrup, Meyer lemon marmalade, and much, much more.
Nelson Family Farm is a small, family-run U-Pick and farm stand in Watsonville, CA. Dustin Nelson grows produce that exemplifies the best of the valley, and invites families to come pick fruit on weekends. He also has a 7-day/wk farm stand where you can find-fresh-from-the-ground fruits & vegetables, along with our strawberry vinegar and shrub that you can enjoy year round.
Outstanding in the Field is a traveling dinner party that features locally sourced ingredients prepared by world-class chefs. We contribute a blackberry shrub and a Meyer lemon herb shrub that is served as a deliciously effervescent non-alcoholic beverage option.
Prevedelli is a multi-generational farm that’s been around since 1945, but the family has been farming since the ‘30s, starting with Sylvia and Frank. The youngest son, Nick, has taken the helm to organically grow apples, pears, blackberries and citrus. We captured their season with zesty Meyer lemon marmalade, low sugar blackberry jelly, and low sugar Pippen apple jelly. You can find them at local farmers markets around the Bay Area.
Our recent collaboration with Live Earth allowed us the privilege to work with some of the finest apples in the county. We created a delicious apple shrub from several thousand pounds of fruit, and had plenty of silage left over to fed to livestock.
We made some heady IPA jellies out of Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing Lavender and Big Dippa beer.
Denise is our main designer who helps with the labeling and branding needs of our farm partners. She has developed many designs for our company as well as several others whom have brought their newly jarred products to market.
We Envision a World in which:
Agricultural lands are preserved and enhanced for generations to come. Farmers have access to knowledge, land and capital to build sustainable farms directly linked to local residents, businesses, and schools. All people have access to healthy food and know and value where their food comes from. Pie Ranch's Mission is to cultivate a healthy and just food system from seed to table through food education, farmer training, and regional partnerships. Pie Ranch's Values are Respect, Justice, Love, Collaboration, Responsible Stewardship, Diversity and Empowerment.
Our farm is a place where people of all abilities can learn new skills, strengthen their social networks, and contribute valued products to our local economy.
We offer horticulture and farm skills training, internships to people with developmental disabilities, environmental and gardening education, and micro-enterprise opportunities on a roughly four-acre urban organic farm in Santa Cruz, CA.
Fruitilicious Farm is a partnership of Zea Sonnabend and Terence Welch, both with many years of experience with organic fruit farming and related organic agriculture. We farm two parcels of land in Watsonville/Corralitos, totalling 16 acres. One orchard is mature apple trees on standard rootstocks and the other is young diverse fruit trees and bushes that are 1 to 3 years old.
We produce the best quality fruit we can with cover crops, compost, and meticulous attention to detail. We have managed the orchard towards producing fresh pack apples for both wholesale and direct outlets, with culls going to companies that make organic juice and hard cider. Our wholesale fruit can be found under the Viva Tierra label.
We have more than 70 varieties of apples, including heirlooms unique to California, antique varieties from Europe, and cider varieties, as well as newer disease resistant cultivars. We also have figs (5 + varieties), pears (4 varieties), quince (4 varieties), citrus (about 80 trees of a wide number of common and rare varieties), peaches (6 varieties), and avocadoes (12 varieties). For bush fruits we have blue and pink blueberries now, with sea berries, honey berries, pineapple guava, and others in the future.
Both Zea and Terence are career-long organic farming specialists and grow fruit with the utmost in care and attention. We hope to bring you the most nutrient-dense delicious fruit possible.
We founded Birdsong Orchards in 2013 to turn an old 8 acre fallow farm back into organic production. This land was initially cultivated as an apple and dairy farm in the 1950s-60s. The original farm closed in the 1980s, and the land laid fallow.
We bought the property to plant a permanent fruit tree orchard to the highest organic standards. We have also planted a smaller plot of perennial flowers for florists, customers and the pollinators. We grow all of our crops through deeply sustainable practices to enrich and nurture the holistic health of this land. Our goal is to encourage bio-diversity and environmental balance while growing produce of the highest quality and taste.
Birdsong Orchards is the brain and love child of Nadine Schaeffer and Jason Wehmhoener. After over 40 cumulative years designing software, we are now turning some of our time and energy into designing a sustainable farm. Moving from pixels to atoms is a deeply rewarding and welcome switch. Because we like to play with our food, we are planting and experimenting with hundreds of different species and varieties of tree fruits. A partial and ever changing list of what trees we are growing can be found here. We have a deep respect for the land, and are looking for ways to nurture the earth during this time of climate change while exploring new crops and cultivars for our area.
Birdsong Orchards is located in the Pajaro Valley, in the south of Santa Cruz county, California. This region has historically grown apple trees for over 100 years. We are proud to be certified by the CCOF as an organic farm.
In 2009, Joe was working in construction when the economy started going downhill and people began delaying new construction projects. He started looking at the pile of wood in the backyard that he had saved from years of work (he could never bear to send wood to a landfill). One day he started picking through the wood and built this dining table. we decided to list it on craigslist and try to sell it. Within minutes of listing it, we had more than 50 responses of people who wanted the table. Terra Amico was born!
Since that time, Terra Amico has artfully handcrafted custom furnishings for hundreds of clients. We have recently expanded our work to local businesses. Terra Amico means “earth-Friend” in Italian. It is our goal to do our work while treating the earth with the respect and dignity it deserves.
Ground Stew Farms was founded by Sergio Jimenez, and Nicholas Ayala took over the operation in February 2018 after the two met at the Ecological Farming Conference. Prior to Ground Stew Farms, Nicholas worked in accounting for 6 years, and then moved to Salinas to pursue agriculture by completing the Agriculture & Land-Based Training Association (ALBA) program. Nick was inspired by YouTube videos from Jean-Martin Fortier and Curtis Stone because they made farming sound accessible for those with little experience or resources. Nick has felt rewarded and proud to sell his organic produce at farmers markets. At the end of his market days, Nick donates any leftover produce to Food Runners and the Alameda Community Food Bank.
Fly Girl Farm in Pescadero is home to a small but growing group of female farmers that is looking to support healthier communities in the Bay Area. Now in its seventh year of operation, Fly Girl Farm has garnered greater attention and mounting success thanks to Airielle’s passion and perseverance. The farm produces all kinds of vegetables and several varieties of strawberries, but might be best known for its vibrant flowers and sumptuous floral displays at markets – Airielle’s specialty.