David Little is a third generation Marin county resident, born and raised in San Anselmo. He was introduced to farming when he agreed to help a friend out on his ranch near Tomales in West Marin. Through this experience, he fell in love with farming and with the countryside. He grew his first crop of potatoes on his friend’s ranch in 1995, and Little Organic Farm was born.
David chose to grow potatoes because they had historically been farmed around Tomales Bay, and he knew that they would fare well in the cool climate. David has since found success growing a variety of other crops, but he continues to specialize in potatoes — he grows over 20 varieties, including hard-to-find heirlooms like Ozette and Nicola. All of David’s potatoes are dry-farmed, a soil tillage technique entailing repeated disking of the ground in the spring when the soil still holds moisture from winter rains. The technique creates a “cap” of fine soil on the surface of the field, which holds moisture in throughout the growing season and mostly eliminates the need for irrigation. In addition to conserving water, dry-farming
produces fruits and vegetables with an intense and distinctive flavor.
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Petaluma, CA 94952
www.thelittleorganicfarm.comPetaluma, Marin County, CA 40 miles Sandy Loam Well Little Organic Farm is owned and managed by David Little, who has help from 1 full-time and 2 seasonal employees, in addition to 2 farm interns. Certified Organic by Marin Organic Certified Agriculture since 2005 Aged chicken manure, aged cow manure, and cover crops David uses hand and mechanical cultivation to keep weeds at bay, but he’s quick to note, “I don’t control weeds, they control me!” David says, “I approach pests with a live and let live philosophy.” He also relies on beneficial insects and uses traps when needed. 30 acres