Lonely Mountain Farm | CUESA

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Lonely Mountain Farm

People

Kenny Baker and wife, Molly, along with 2 full-time employees.

Farmland

10 acres in Corralitos, about 90 miles from the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.

Farm History

First-generation farmer Kenny found his calling in agriculture working at local farms in Santa Cruz County. In 2009, at age 25, he leased six acres in the foothills of Corralitos to start his own organic farm. Currently, the farm is operating on 10 acres of family-owned land. The intensively farmed parcel is very dynamic, with dairy goats, laying chickens, honeybees, orchards, and beautiful produce all finding their place. The farmers have found their niche growing unusual vegetable and herb varieties, heirloom beans, and cut flowers and selling directly through farmers markets and to chefs. They say, “Our philosophy is embedded in organic principles and strongly influenced by systems thinking, natural resource conservation, and diversity.”

Certification

California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF).

Soil

Alluvial clay loam augmented with compost.

Water Use

Rainfall and drip and sprinkler irrigation via an on-site well and municipal water.

Weed Control

Hand and machine cultivation, mulching, fire, and animal grazing.

Pest Management

Crop rotation, hand-removal, and planting habitat for beneficial insects.

 

Fun Fact

Lonely Mountain offers a dinner series on their farm where farmers, chefs, and customers come together to share and celebrate the bounty of the harvest.

Location

288 Amesti Road
Watsonville, California 95076

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