Jim and Corie Brooks, along with 1 occasional seasonal employee.
5 acres in Forestville, about 60 miles from the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.
Jim Brooks and his wife, Corie, who has a background as a food scientist, launched their sprout business in 1996. They named their business “Brooks and Daughters” in honor of their two young girls. They are proud of their business and sell 95% of their sprouts directly to consumers.
Brooks and Daughters uses only clean water and organic compost on their sprouts. All sprouts are started on specially designed racks under a large shaded structure. As the seeds begin to sprout, they are planted in soil on 17” x 17” open-bottom nursery flats and moved into greenhouses. The sprouts then grow for 1 to 4 weeks in the greenhouses before they are ready for market.
Sea kelp enzyme is applied to wheatgrass.
Prior to starting Brooks and Daughters, Jim was a fifth-generation cheesemaker.
McGinnis Ranch is steep: it sits on a 12% grade. The harder it rains, the less fun it is for Howard, who sometimes spends days replacing soil that has washed down the hill. But the grade allows maximum sun exposure and extends the farm’s season significantly.
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