David Little and family, along with 2 full-time employees and occasional seasonal helpers.
5 parcels comprise 60 acres in Marin and Petaluma (approximately 57 miles to Ferry Plaza Farmers Market).
A third-generation Marin roofer, David started farming potatoes in 1995 after falling in love with the West Marin countryside. He is deeply committed to consumer education and believes that “integrity is as important as organic.”
Marin Organic (MOCA) since 2002
The farm’s coastal sandy loam is amended with compost to promote strong plant growth. Ground oyster shells provide a natural source of calcium that is essential for preventing tomato blossom end rot. Cover crops are planted to not only prevent soil erosion, but also to boost the soil’s content of nitrogen.
All of David’s potatoes are dry-farmed. He uses a tillage technique involving discing, plowing, and compressing, which serves to hold moisture from winter rains in the soil through late summer. This eliminates or minimizes the need for irrigation, depending on the weather in a given year.
Hand and mechanical cultivation.
Habitat for beneficial insects, crop rotation, and gopher traps.
Potatoes have been dry-farmed in Marin County since the 1800s.
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 »