Pomo Tierra Ranch

Bob Bernstein

Pomo Tierra is a collective established in 1971, located in the Anderson Valley, in the gentle rolling hills of Mendocino County. The 80-acre property is home to a historic Gravenstein apple orchard with trees planted around the turn of the century. Bob Bernstein, known by market goers as “Bernie,” is a member of the collective and a co-owner of the property, and he has managed the orchard and farm business since the early 1970’s. He asserts, “The hot summer days and cool nights of Mendocino County, along with our dry farming practices, help us produce some of the finest apples in the country.” Pomo Tierra’s main apple variety is the Gravenstein, although they now grow many other varieties as well, including Fujis, Sierra Beauties, Pink Ladies, and Golden Delicious, to name just a few. Read more about Pomo Tierra in our Fall 2010 newsletter: http://ecologycenter.org/bfm/newsletters/201011.pdf


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Markets:North Berkeley (Thursday)Downtown Berkeley (Saturday)Season:
Year-RoundProduct: Yukon Gold potatoes, quince, pears, figs, and over 20 varieties of apples, in addition to value-added products like apple juice, apple sauce, and apple cider vinegarFarmer's Name: Bob BernsteinMailing Address: P.O. Box 225
Yorkville, CA 95494
Email: bernie@mcn.orgFarm Location:
Yorkville, Mendocino County, CADistance From Berkeley:
90 milesSoil Type: ClayWater Source: Spring & WellAbout the Farm:
Bob Bernstein manages Pomo Tierra Ranch, and he works alone on the farm for most of the year. For large projects, such as spring compost spreading and juice apple harvest, he hosts work parties attended by 50-100 friends and acquaintances, which not only get the work done but are a tremendous amount of fun.Organic Certification: Certified Organic by CCOF since 1978Fertilizer: CompostWeed Control: Mowing & hand weedingPest Management: Bob Bernstein is committed to maintaining habitat for predator insects on the farm to reduce pressure from pests. He also clears and burns all downed and dead wood in the orchards.Acreage: 20 acres