Eatwell Farm

People

Nigel and Lorraine Walker, and Nigel’s twin boys, Eric and Andrew, along with 16 full-time and 4 part-time employees.

Farmland

105 acres in Dixon (Solano County), 70 miles from the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.

Farm History

Nigel Walker grew up in Leicester, England, and studied agriculture in Essex. Nigel developed an interest in organic farming early on and in 1997, purchased his own land. Eatwell Farm grows a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, and sells many specialty products made from the lavender and other herbs they grow. The farm also sells pasture-raised, organic eggs.

Besides selling at the farmers market, Eatwell Farm operates a sizable community supported agriculture (CSA) program. To conserve energy and reduce pollution, Nigel uses recycled vegetable oil to run his diesel irrigation pump and delivery truck.

Certificaton

California Certified Organic Farmer (CCOF) since 2000

Soil

The silty clay loam is built with compost, cover crops, crop stubble, and gypsum. The use of animals, on a rotational basis, provides a natural source of nitrogen, an essential plant nutrient. Certified organic fertilizers are also used.

Water Use

Irrigation by drip, furrow and sprinkler.

Weed Control

Hand and machine cultivation, inter-crop rotation, and soil solarization.

Pest Management

Population monitoring, release of beneficial insects, habitat creation for beneficial insects, pheromone disruption, application of certified organic pesticides, crop rotation, selection of resistant varieties.

Fun Fact

Researchers from UC Davis are currently doing research on Eatwell Farm because the populations of native bees and other beneficial insects there are unusually high.

Location


Dixon, California

About CUESA

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 »