Marin Roots Farm


Jesse Kuhn along with 5 full-time and 10 part-time employees.


35 acres in Petaluma, about 35 miles from the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.

Farm History

Jesse became interested in farming in college, where he took classes in agriculture and eventually managed a student-run farm. After volunteering and working on several farms, he decided to start his own on leased land in Marin in 2003. Says Jesse, “Farming is at the root of the sustainability movement. My farm provides its workers with a living wage, and we feed a lot of people from the “fruits” of our labor. We are also working to educate the public about the importance of good food. Food is not something to be taken for granted. Food is something sacred.”


Marin Organic Certified Agriculture (MOCA)


To enrich the farm’s soil, Jesse uses green manure and mulch, and incorporates aged manure, compost, and crop residue.

Pest Management

To control pests, Jesse rotates crops, creates habitat for beneficial insects, uses physical barriers, and tries to choose pest-resistant varieties.

Fun Fact

When Jesse was a boy, he often pulled carrots prematurely from his family’s garden; today, he harvests them small purposefully.


Petaluma, California


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 »