Stan and Leslie Barth and their children, Tirzah, Todd, and Tobin, along with 5 full-time and 20 part-time employees.
200 acres in Esparto, about 85 miles from the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.
Stan farmed with his brothers until he established Capay Canyon Ranch with Leslie in 1978. They started growing almonds, and in 1982 planted table grapes to diversify their operation. Capay Canyon Ranch is a small family farm continuing into the next generation.
All grapes and some almonds that the Barths sell are certified organic. On the rest of the almonds, the Barths use organic pesticides and beneficial insects to control pests, and synthetic fertilizers for soil fertility.
Grapes are certified organic by Farm Verified Organic (FVO).
Tirzah and Todd started selling grapes at several farmers markets in their early teens. An aspiring chef and grower respectively, they make a perfect team for promoting produce to the public.
Swanton was the first strawberry farm in the U.S. to sign a contract with the United Farm Workers of America/AFL-CIO. In 2006, the farm began offering an Employee Stock Ownership Plan to employees, the first such program in production in U.S. agriculture. Swanton is certified by the Agricultural Justice Project as a fair farm and continues to work toward a more fair and equitable food system.
CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture) is dedicated to cultivating a sustainable food system through the operation of the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market and its educational programs. Learn More »