Frog Hollow Farm

People

Farmer Al Courchesne; business partner, co-owner, and wife, Rebecca Courchesne; and co-owner Sarah Coddington; along with 20 full-time and 20 seasonal employees.

Farmland

133 acres in Brentwood, about 55 miles from the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.

Farm History

Al Courchesne, or “Farmer Al,” as he likes to be called, grew up in the Bay Area and graduated from UC Berkeley. After a 10-year career in Hawaii as a school teacher, a friend convinced him to become a farmer. After two years of growing lettuce and tomatoes, he decided to move back to California and try his hand at farming closer to home. In 1976 he purchased 13 acres in Brentwood and planted peaches because they are his favorite fruit. From the beginning his goal was to grow great-tasting fruit and to market it locally.

In 1989, Farmer Al decided to go organic and change the farm name to Frog Hollow Farm. Over the years, Frog Hollow has grown from a small one-man show into a 133-acre farm specializing in stone fruits, with a line of conserves, chutneys, marmalades, pastries, dried fruits, and olive oil. Frog Hollow Farm is committed to growing fruit and making products that are socially and environmentally sustainable. They share their harvest directly with customers through their CSA, retail store, website, and farmers markets.

Certification

California Certified Organic Farmer (CCOF) since 1989

Soil

Deep clay loam is built with compost, limestone dust, kelp, gypsum, and fish emulsion.

Water Use

Irrigate with micro-sprinklers.

Weed Control

Mechanical and hand cultivation.

Pest Management

Beneficial insects, pheromone disruption, reliance on good soil.

Fun Fact

Concerned about the lack of affordable farmworker housing in the Brentwood area, the farm built six family housing units on their property in which year-round workers live.

Location


Brentwood, 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 »