Owner Warren Weber, operations manager Annabelle Lenderink, along with 5 full-time and 20 part-time or seasonal workers.
100 in Bolinas (only one-third of the land is cultivated; it also includes a perennial creek, wildlands, and housing for nearly all farm workers), 25 miles to the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market; and 20 in Thermal, about 515 miles to the farmers market.
Warren grew up in Missouri and Connecticut, taking summer farm jobs from the age of 15. After receiving an undergraduate degree in Agricultural Economics and a PhD in English Literature, Warren began farming organically in Bolinas in 1974. Star Route Farms is the oldest continuously certified organic farm in California. The farm is known for its innovativeness and commitment to implementing economically, environmentally, and socially sustainable practices. In 1990, the farm acquired a plot of land in the Coachella Valley, on which they now grow a range of crops to provide a continuous supply of produce in the winter.
From 1985-88, Weber served as President of California Certified Organic Farmers and co-founded the Organic Farming Research Foundation in 1991. He served on the steering committee of the California Sustainable Ag Working Group (1997-98) and was a recipient of a “Susty” award from the Committee for Sustainable Agriculture in 1998. Over the years he has served on many diverse boards, including the boards of CUESA and Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT). He has also served as president of Marin Organic. Warren was instrumental in the creation of Marin Organic Certified Agriculture (MOCA), one of the first county government certifiers in the country.
Marin Organic Certified Agriculture (MOCA) since 2001; Salmon Safe certified since 2007
The farm’s silty clay loam is built with compost, cover crops, and crop stubble. Certified organic fertilizers, raw organic matter, and compost add essential nutrients to the soil.
Sprinkler and drip irrigation from direct source and groundwater.
By hand and machine, cover cropping, flaming of weed seedlings.
Population monitoring, crop rotation, selection of resistant varieties, application of certified organic pesticides.
Over 80 species of birds have been documented on Star Route Farms’ Bolinas plot in just one day!
Listen and Learn
The original Saint Benoît (or Saint Benedict) founded several monastic communities across Europe. Over centuries, these communities have crafted some of the best artisan food products in the world.
CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture) is dedicated to cultivating a sustainable food system through the operation of farmers markets and educational programs. Learn More »