Nigel and Lorraine Walker, and Nigel’s twin boys, Eric and Andrew, 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 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.
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 doing research on Eatwell Farm because the populations of native bees and other beneficial insects there are unusually high.
John is a fourth-generation farmer on his land. His great-grandfather raised mules and dry-farmed wheat and barley; his grandfather farmed grapes and raised cattle, and his parents grew melons, tomatoes, grapes, and almonds.
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 »