Sizing Up Organics: A Brentwood Farm Tour
Sunday, August 26, 2012 - 9:30am - 5:00pm
Join CUESA for a trip to two respected Brentwood farms to learn the ins and outs of organic production. First, we’ll visit Frog Hollow Farm, where Farmer Al will walk us through his organic orchard, which has grown from 13 to 130+ acres in the past 30 years. It’s stone fruit season, giving attendees a chance to see pluots, peaches, and nectarines hanging from the trees. From compost production to a native bee project, attendees will see how organic methods yield thriving fruit trees.
Our next stop will be Knoll Farms, where we’ll see how organic practices work on a smaller scale. Known for their ecosystem-oriented farm management and focus on diverse plantings, farmers Kristie and Rick Knoll will show attendees how many different crops can grow on 13 acres. We’ll also get to learn more about their farming philosophy, including the role of biodiversity, weeds, permaculture, and biodynamic methods in creating healthy soils. Attendees will get to enjoy a picnic lunch beneath the fig trees.
This tour is organized in collaboration with GreenLeaf Produce, CUESA’s 2012 farm tour sponsor, which works closely with both farms. The tour costs $25 and includes lunch made with farmers market ingredients. We'll leave from and return to the Ferry Building in a comfortable bus. Tickets are nonrefundable.
The tour is geared toward adults. Young people who are interested in attending with their parents and who are likely to enjoy the tour without causing disruption are welcome. Please use your discretion and call if you have questions.
Where to meet: In front of the Ferry Building, south end, near Market Bar. Be there by 9:15; we leave at 9:30 am sharp. Please be prompt! We cannot wait for stragglers.
What to bring: water bottle, sun protection (sunscreen, hat, long sleeves), layered clothing. Also consider bringing snacks, a camera, a book or other entertainment for the bus (it’s going to be a long ride), cash for purchases.
Notes: The weather is likely to be very dry and hot (possibly, extremely so), but it could be cool. The bus is air conditioned. The tour will involve a fair amount of walking on uneven and muddy ground, so be prepared with sturdy shoes that can get dirty. We will do our best to return by 4:00 pm, but traffic conditions can be unpredictable and we can't guarantee punctual arrival.
This tour is organized by CUESA, the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture, as part of our mission to cultivate a sustainable food system. CUESA organizes five or six tours each year to Ferry Plaza Farmers Market farms and artisan food businesses in order to give eaters a first-hand look at where their food comes from and how it is produced. For more information or to sign up for our weekly email newsletter, visit www.cuesa.org.
CUESA sincerely thanks:
for providing a discount on the bus charter fee