Ken Olsen and his son Kevin Olsen along with 4 part-time helpers during harvest.
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).
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.
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.
Dan and Joanne make the apple juice for their apple cider vinegar and apple caramels on a wooden press. It takes 40 pounds of apples to make 1 gallon of apple syrup for the caramel base.
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 »