Guru Ram Das Orchards

Didar Singh Khalsa

Guru Ram Das Orchards started in 1980 with the purchase of 16.5 acres of empty hillside land in the Capay Valley. At the time, Didar and his wife, Didar Kaur, ran a small vegetarian restaurant in Reno. Didar and his former partner commuted from Reno to the Capay Valley almost every weekend for nine years to keep the orchard they had planted from dying. Eventually, Didar and his wife saved up enough money to build a house and move to the farm. They began farming full- time and selling at the Berkeley Farmers’ Markets twice a week, eventually buying out their two partners. Despite the rough start and poor soils, their farm thrives today. Crops that have to struggle often reward us with immense flavor and hardiness not produced under other circumstances. Didar says, “We want to thank our customers here for their very loyal support over the 20+ years we’ve been coming here!” Read more about Guru Ram Das Orchards in our Fall 2009 and Spring 2003 newsletters: http://ecologycenter.org/bfm/newsletters/200909.pdf and http://ecologycenter.org/bfm/newsletters/20030410.pdf


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Markets:South Berkeley (Tuesday)Downtown Berkeley (Saturday)Season:
Year-RoundProduct: Various tree fruit including citrus, stone fruit, figs, and persimmons, sold both fresh and dried (sulfite free), in addition to grapes and pomegranatesFarmer's Name: Didar Singh KhalsaMailing Address: 24701 County Rd. 22A
Esparto, CA 95627
Email: dskhalsa@gmail.com
Phone: (530) 787-3884Farm Location:
Esparto, Yolo County, CADistance From Berkeley:
80 milesSoil Type: Clay loamWater Source: WellAbout the Farm:
Didar Singh Khalsa and his wife, Didar Kaur Khalsa, own and manage the farm. They employ 1 person part-time year-round and 2 workers full-time for peak season.Organic Certification: Certified Organic by CCOF since 1986Fertilizer: 6-8 tons of compost per acre is applied once a year. The citrus trees also get a feeding of water soluble blood meal every February.Weed Control: Weeds are controlled with mulch around the younger trees. The orchards are also mowed with a tractor, or with a weed eater for closer work.Pest Management: Trees are interplanted in a haphazard way which probably limits both insect and disease pressures. The peaches and nectarines are sprayed with lime sulfur in December to control peach leaf curl. The grapes are also sprayed with sulfur in April, and again in May if needed.Acreage: 14 acres