Gabriel Farms

Lucy and Torrey Olson

Gabriel Farm is a 14-acre family farm that has been owned and operated by Lucy and Torrey Olson since 2000. The Olsons are the third family to steward their trees, which were planted in 1983 by a couple from Berkeley, Jim and Judy Gabriel. Lucy completed an Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture at the U.C. Santa Cruz Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems.

The Olsons are devoted to educating consumers and young people about their practices and the process of growing food. To this end, they host school groups and offer farm tours, and they invite families to visit the farm each year for bloom time and for their u-pick season in the fall. Lucy says, “We are committed to keeping small family farming alive and look forward to sharing the fruits of our labors in the years to come.” Read more about Gabriel Farm in our Fall 2005 newsletter: http://ecologycenter.org/bfm/newsletters/200510.pdf


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Markets:Downtown Berkeley (Saturday)Season:
June – DecemberProduct: 8 varieties of Asian pears, apples, plums, Fuyu persimmons, blackberries, honey, lavender, flowers, jams, and juicesFarmer's Name: Lucy and Torrey OlsonMailing Address: 3175 Sullivan Rd.
Sebastopol, CA 95472
Email: torrey@gabrielfarm.com
Phone: (707) 829-0617
Website: www.gabrielfarm.comFarm Location:
Sebastopol, Sonoma County, CADistance From Berkeley:
50 milesSoil Type: Sandy LoamWater Source: WellAbout the Farm:
Gabriel farm is owned and operated by Lucy and Torrey Olson. They generally hire one apprentice, and 3-5 seasonal laborers to prune, thin and harvest tree fruit.Organic Certification: Certified Organic by CCOF since 2000Fertilizer: Cover cropsWeed Control: MechanicalPest Management: Gabriel Farm uses pheromone dispensers and organic sprays to control codling moths in their fruit trees. They also spray antibiotics such as streptomycin to control Fireblight, a disease that affects apples and pears, and they use organic approved sprays to control Apple scab.Acreage: 12 acres