Hunter Orchards | CUESA

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Hunter Orchards

People

Nicole and David Stewart.

Farmland

19.4 acres in Grenada, about 300 miles from the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.

Farm History

David and Nicole began their farming journey in 2015, when they purchased Hunter Orchards from long-time prior owners. They feel privileged to be carrying on Hunter Orchards’ 25 year tradition of growing organic fruits and vegetables. Coming from non-agricultural backgrounds, they have loved turning their passion for healthy food and environmental and food justice issues into a career through which they directly serve the community. In addition to their renowned Rocambole garlic, they grow a variety of fruits and vegetables, including stone fruit, apples, raspberries, potatoes, greens, tomatoes, lavender, and winter squash. 

Certification

California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) since 2003 and previously from 1986-1993

Soil

Sandy loam built with compost, cover crop, crop stubble, crop rotation, organic fertilizers, aged manure, and raw organic matter.

Water Use

On-site wells feed drip and T-tape sprinkler irrigation.

Weed Control

Hand weeding and machine cultivation, mulching, and flame weeding.

Pest Management

Releasing beneficial insects as well as creating the appropriate habitats for beneficials, organic pesticides, pheromone disruption, and crop rotation all help keep pest populations in check.

Fun Fact

In October, David and Nicole welcome families and school groups to California’s northern-most pumpkin patch at Hunter Orchards.

Location

14431 Old Westside Road
Grenada, California

About CUESA

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