Olsen Organic Farm

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Products

Contact

559.562.2447

People

Ken Olsen and his son Kevin Olsen along with 4 part-time helpers during harvest.

Farmland

20 acres in Lindsay, California, located at the base of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range below Sequoia National Park (about 180 miles to the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market).

Farm History

Ken Olsen grows organic citrus on twenty acres in Lindsay at the base of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. When the Olsens purchased this land inl 1996, it had been farmed using conventional methods. From the beginning, the Olsen family took steps to restore the balance of nature and become a certified organic farm. Each year they add rich compost to the soil. They plant cover crops between the trees to bring beneficial insects into the neighborhood.

Certificaton

California Certified Organic Farmer (CCOF) since 2002

Soil

Clay loam, built with compost and cover crops.

Water Use

Water comes from Lindsay irrigation district, and they irrigate with micro sprinklers.

Weed Control

Machine cultivation and hand weeding.

Pest Management

Creating a habitat for beneficials and releasing of beneficials.

Fun Fact

The farm’s ecosystem includes a nature trail lined with sage, wild roses, and California buckwheat as well as a fish pond stocked with blue gill and bass.

Location


Lindsay, 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 »