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Eco-Farm 2013 Farm Tour Tomorrow

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Tomorrow I will be joining the all-day field trip to visit four organic and sustainable farms near the town of Pescadero in San Mateo County.  Long known for the production of high-quality, cool-season crops, this region right next to the Pacific Ocean is an area of cool, foggy summers, sunny springs and falls, and mild wet winters. Pescadero and the surrounding area feature a great range of crops suited to the climate and fertile coastal soils.

Tour stops will include:

  • Leftcoast Grassfed/Tomkat Ranch are producers of Black Baldy cattle using rotational grazing on 1,800 acres of ranchland sustainably certified by the Food Alliance, American Grassfed, and Animal Welfare Approved. Educational Director Kathy Webster and Ranch Director Wendy Millet will lead the tour.
  • Fifth Crow Farm, where partners Mike Irving, Teresa Kurtak, and John Vars will show us their 20-acre CCOF certified production of mixed vegetables, flowers, apples, and 700 pasture-raised heirloom egg chickens.
  • Dee Harley of Harley Farms Goat Dairy will show us her 12-acre pasture based farm and dairy, supporting 200 Alpine goats. Their milk is used to make many types of award- winning cheeses, some of which we will sample and/or purchase.
  • Larry Jacobs and Sandra Belin will guide us through the home ranch of Jacobs Farm/Del Cabo where they are producing culinary herbs, edible flowers, fruits, and vegetables on 292 acres, all certified organic since 1980. We will learn about the history of the Del Cabo project as well.


Amigo Bob Cantisano of Organic Ag Advisors, Sam Earnshaw of Hedgerows Unlimited, and Richard Smith of UC Cooperative Extension will lead the tour. Lunch will be served at the Jacobs Farm farmstand barn and feature a hearty natural foods meal prepared by noted chef Jim Denevan of Outstanding In The Field in Santa Cruz, with many ingredients donated by the bus tour hosts. Morning coffee, tea, and snacks will be provided.

I hope to see a lot of you on the tour! The 2013 Eco-Farm conference starts tomorrow and continues until Saturday January 26th. It’s not too late to sign up!


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