We are a small and diversified 1 acre farm out of Truckee, California. We provide access to hyper local produce and meats grown and raised in the community we call home.
GROWING FOOD + COMMUNITY
We share a love for good food, our high alpine landscape, and getting outside. When we started putting our heads together in the winter of 2015 on how we could combine our personal and professional passions, growing food felt like a great place to start. At that point we had lived in the North Lake Tahoe area for 5 years.
Recognizing how unpredictable our climate can be, we dipped our toes in and started growing microgreens. We started small. Our first market season we were growing in a 10 x 12 greenhouse. With the love and support from our community we began to dream up how we could provide more real food back to them.
Because of the nature of our mountain climate, we had to get creative. All of our varieties are cold hardy and require a short date to maturity. We have implemented season extension techniques that are employed throughout our entire growing season to protect our crops from variable conditions. Now we grow over 20 different crops and 15 varieties of lettuce.
WHY LOCAL MATTERS
When buying locally produced food you are helping to strengthen your community because your dollar is being directly invested. By supporting your local farmers, you are contributing to the communities' food security and building a stronger food network. Our hope is to help develop a growing market for Truckee - Tahoe, which cuts down on a lot of environmental costs, too, specifically transportation and packaging.
HOW WE GROW
Our farm is nestled in a pine forest, which provides us with protection from the elements like wind and rain (hail and snow). Perennial vegetation like manzanitas and other woody shrubs stabilize the soil and act as a buffer for vital habitat areas. We grow in our plots 9 months out of each year. In the winter the snow covers the ground (we hope) - this keeps our soils protected and allows our fields to rest and ready for the coming season. We follow sustainable practices of farming simply because it makes sense to us. Healthy soil means healthy food. We employ no till and biointensive methods for growing, which means we aren't disrupting the soil growth cycle, only encouraging it. By employing high crop rotation techniques and adding real organic matter, like chicken manure and mushroom compost, it keeps the soil invigorated with healthy microorganisms, while preventing erosion and runoff.