K&J Orchards

People

Kalayada Ammatya and James Beutel along with 12 full-time and 30-40 seasonal workers. Kalayada has two daughters: Aomboon (“Booney”) and Onanong (“Ona”) who live with them on the farm in Yuba City. Aomboon’s husband, Tim, also works on the farm, and members of their extended family help on the farm and with sales at farmers markets.

Farmland

104 acres in Winters, about 67 miles from the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.

Farm History

Wife-and-husband team Kalayada and James (“K” and “J”) have been farming the same land since 1982. James is a retired professor of pomology, the branch of horticulture that is concerned with the study and cultivation of fruit. He grew up on an avocado orchard in Orange. Kalayada was born and raised in Bangkok, Thailand, and is a registered nurse.

Kalayada and James believe in using natural growing methods and maximizing the use of the sun. They prune most of their fruit trees in the summer after harvest to provide the most sun exposure to each tree, which then stimulates growth and, they believe, leads to sweeter fruit.

Certification

None

Soil

The farm’s Yolo loam is amended with cover crops, manure, mowed sod, and organic fertilizers.

Water Use

Micro sprinklers, drip, and flood irrigation.

Weed Control

Mowing and discing. Minimal synthetic herbicides are used to prevent weeds from competing with trees for nutrients.

Pest Management

Integrated Pest Management including pheremone disruption. Minimal pesticides are also used. K&J uses antibiotics in the spring to treat and prevent fire blight in their Asian pear orchards.

Fun Fact

K&J Orchards has a long fruit season that begins with the first cherry harvest in spring and culminates in pear and apple harvests in autumn.

Location


Winters, 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 »