Frog Hollow Farm

Al Courchesne, Becky Smith, Sarah Coddington

Alfred and Becky Courcheshe, and Sarah Coddington, have been farming at Frog Hollow Farm on the edge of the San Joaquin valley in Contra Costa County since 1976. The three partners run their business with the mission of stewarding the land, supporting the people who help them work the land, and contributing to the health of their local communities. When the farm was founded in 1976 it was comprised of 13 acres, and almost all of the fruit was sold through a roadside stand and u-pick operation. Since then the farm has grown to over 153 acres, and the fruit is marketed to the greater Bay Area at farmers’ markets, through a CSA program, through a growing mail-order business, and at a market and cafe inside San Francisco’s Ferry Building. Although the business has grown, the farm has never strayed from its commitment to picking truly tree-ripened fruit that is burstingAlfred and Becky Courchesne, and Sarah Coddington, have been farming at Frog Hollow Farm on the edge of the San Joaquin valley in Contra Costa County since 1976. The three partners run their business with the mission of stewarding the land, supporting the people who help them work the land, and contributing to the health of their local communities.

When the farm was founded in 1976 it was comprised of 13 acres, and almost all of the fruit was sold through a roadside stand and u-pick operation. Since then the farm has grown to over 153 acres, and the fruit is marketed to the greater Bay Area at farmers’ markets, through a CSA program, through a growing mail-order business, and at a market and cafe inside San Francisco’s Ferry Building. Although the business has grown, the farm has never strayed from its commitment to picking truly tree-ripened fruit that is bursting with flavor. Read more about Frog Hollow Farm in our Summer 2010 newsletter: http://ecologycenter.org/bfm/newsletters/201007.pdf with flavor. Read more about Frog Hollow Farm in our Summer 2010 newsletter: http://ecologycenter.org/bfm/newsletters/201007.pdf


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Markets:South Berkeley (Tuesday)North Berkeley (Thursday)Downtown Berkeley (Saturday)Season:
Year-RoundProduct: Nearly 100 varieties of stone and tree fruits, including apricots, peaches, nectarines, plums, pluots, Asian and European pears, and olives, in addition to jams, chutneys, sulfite-free dried fruits, and a mouthwatering line of pastries featuring Frog Hollow fruitFarmer's Name: Al Courchesne, Becky Smith, Sarah CoddingtonMailing Address: P.O. Box 2110
Brentwood, CA 94513
Email: sarah@froghollow.com
Phone: 925-634-2845
Website: www.froghollow.comFarm Location:
Brentwood, Contra Costa County, CADistance From Berkeley:
60 milesSoil Type: Clay and LoamWater Source: Brentwood/Byron Irrigation District, irrigation canalsAbout the Farm:
Frog Hollow Farm is owned by partners Sarah Coddington, and Alfred and Becky Courchesne. At peak harvest season from July to August they employ as many as 100 people. There are 25 year-round employees.Organic Certification: Certified Organic by CCOF since 1992Fertilizer: Compost, fish emulsion, and mined limestoneWeed Control: Weed wackers, hand hoeing, and use of cover cropsPest Management: Beneficial incests, pheromone disruptorsAcreage: 153 acres