Stan Devoto and his daughters, Chrissy, Jolie, and Cecily; Jolie’s husband, Hunter; and 3 full-time and 3 seasonal employees.
36 acres in Sebastopol, about 60 miles to the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.
The Devotos have been growing heirloom apples and field-grown flowers since 1976. They started their farm with only 2.5 acres and now grow more than 50 varieties of apples and flowers on 36 acres.
The Devotos are proud to grow all of their products with care toward sustaining their employees, family, and farm. They maintain soil fertility by discing in cover crops and spent mulches and applying compost and pelleted manure products. In 2010, the Devotos’ apples received organic certification through Global Culture. At their 7-acre Santa Rosa growing site, they irrigate their flower crops with tertiary-treated recycled water and don’t use any synthetic chemicals.
Certified organic by Global Culture since 2010
Gold Ridge Loam is built with compost, cover crops, and crop stubble. The soil is fertilized with aged manure, raw organic matter, and compost.
The apples are dry farmed, and the flowers are irrigated with well water via drip lines. The organic acreage is irrigated with tertiary-treated recycled water from the City of Santa Rosa.
Hand and machine cultivation.
Integrated Pest Management, including release of beneficials, habitat creation for beneficials, application of organic pesticides, and pheromone disruption. Use of resistant varieties and crop rotation control diseases.
Sebastopol has been known as the Gravenstein apple capital of the world.
Sebastopol, California 95472
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 »