David Retsky and Megan Strom, along with 7 full-time and 30 part-time employees.
35 acres southwest of Petaluma, 31 miles from the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, and 80 acres in Thermal, 550 miles from the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.
David was raised in Los Angeles but rejected the urban life early on. He attended the UC Santa Cruz Farm and Garden Apprenticeship Program in 1994 then spent the majority of his twenties traveling and working on farms internationally and around the US. In 2000, at the age of 29, he started County Line Harvest.
The farm is in full production year-round, but around 25% of the land is cover-cropped at any given time. Floating row covers protect the crops from pests. The cold nights and windy conditions, along with crop diversity and nearby wildlife habitat, also help keep pest populations low. In 2010, Retsky started a second farm plot in Thermal.
Marin Certified Organic Agriculture (MOCA) since 2002
County Line is surrounded by pastureland, making chicken and cow manure easy to come by for composting. The farm also incorporates a fair amount of green plant material back into the soil. County Line is in full production year-round, but around 25% of the land is cover cropped at any given time.
Overhead irrigation from an on-farm reservoir.
Tractor cultivation, hand-weeding and gentle disking.
Floating row covers protect the crops from pests. The cold nights and windy conditions, along with crop diversity and nearby wildlife habitat, also help keep pest populations low.
When the ranch’s current owners were kids, there was a monkey living on the property.
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.
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