Nigel, Lorraine, Eric and Andrew Walker, along with 16 full-time and 4 part-time employees.
105 acres in Dixon (Solano County), 70 miles from the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.
Nigel Walker grew up in Leicester, England, and studied Agriculture in Essex. Nigel developed an interest in organic agriculture early on and in 1997, purchased his own land. Eatwell Farm grows a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, and sells many specialty lavender products from its Lavender Farm. The farm also sells pasture-raised, organic eggs. Besides selling at the farmers’ market, Eatwell Farm operates a sizable community supported agriculture (CSA) program.
California Certified Organic Farmer (CCOF) since 2000
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.
Irrigation by drip, furrow and sprinkler.
Hand and machine cultivation, inter-crop rotation, and soil solarization.
Population monitoring, release of beneficial insects, habitat creation for beneficial insects, pheromone disruption, application of certified organic pesticides, crop rotation, selection of resistant varieties.
Researchers from UC Davis are currently studying Eatwell Farm’s unusually high number of native bees and other beneficial insects.
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 »