Marin Roots Farm

People

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

Farmland

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 farm. After volunteering and working on several farms, he decided to start his own on leased land in Marin in 2003. “Farming is at the root of the sustainability movement,” says Jesse. “My farm provides its workers with a liveable 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. It is not something to be taken for granted. Food is something sacred.”

Certification

Marin Organic Certified Agriculture (MOCA)

Soil

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 from his family’s garden early; now he intentionally harvests them small.

Location


Petaluma, 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 »