Ken Olsen and Marilyn Conn, plus 4 part-time helpers during harvest.
20 acres in Lindsay, located at the base of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range below Sequoia National Park, about 180 miles to the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.
When Ken purchased his land (situated at the base of the Sierra Nevada mountain range) in 1996, it had been farmed using conventional methods. From the beginning, he took steps to restore the balance of nature and become a certified organic farm. He also set aside 5 acres as wildlife habitat.
Ken attributes the health of his farm’s soil to cultivating a vibrant ecosystem.
California Certified Organic Farmer (CCOF) since 2002
Clay loam, built with compost and cover crops.
Water comes from Lindsay irrigation district, and they irrigate with micro sprinklers.
Machine cultivation and hand weeding.
Creating a habitat for beneficials and releasing of beneficials.
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.
In October, the pumpkin patch on the farm in Nicasio is open every day for visitors. Families can pick out pumpkins, enjoy a maze and hay rides, and shop for local products. The farm also offers tables, seating, and room to run.
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 »