Descendent of: a rice farming family in Okayama, Japan
An Oya crop that makes me think of my roots: Shisito pepper & fava beans
The farm project I’m always trying to get to: never ending weeding
Descendent of: a low-input subsistence farming family in Oaxaca, Mexico
An Oya crop that makes me think of my roots: Chepiche a Oaxacan herb that grows wild where I grew up
The farm project I’m always trying to get to: planting a fruit orchard
As first and second generation immigrants, we bring knowledge from our family’s farming backgrounds and apply them to this soil, where we are the first in our families to own a farm in this country.
Our fields in Hollister, CA are a tapestry of color and texture - with over 50 different crops growing at a given time. This intentional biodiversity provides habitat for native insects and wildlife, and allows microorganisms in the soil to flourish - making for nutrient rich & flavorful produce.
By building healthy soil we also can further concentrate flavor with dry farming some crops and reducing our water usage overall. We see our organic certification with CCOF as a starting point not a marketing tool. Our commitment to environmental stewardship goes beyond what is required of us as we work to nurture and enhance ecological equilibrium.
The farm is horizontally structured. The owners work in the field alongside those newly hired. We train and promote from within so that people with lived hands-in-the-dirt experience can take on more decision-making responsibilities. And at the end of the season, we profit share.
We partner with community organizations to deliver fresh produce to essential workers, low income neighbors, local shelters, and food banks.
Our CSA members can now contribute to this effort by electing to donate their CSA box when out of town and by purchasing extra boxes for donation throughout the year.
We accept EBT at our farmers market stands and as payment for our CSA, and offer sliding-scale and produce gifts to those who self-identify as needing it.