Kevin McEnnis founded Quetzal farm in 1999 after completeing the UCSC Farm &
Garden apprenticeship. Keith Abeles joined him as co-owner in 2004 after working on farms, nurseries and as a sustainable agriculture advocate since 1988. Both partners were inspired to farm through travels to agricultural regions abroad, Kevin in Central America and Keith in Nepal. Quetzal Farm is named after the national bird of Guatemala, where Kevin planted his first garden.
Today, Kevin and Keith grow on 20 acres at 2 locations in Sonoma County. Their original 10 acre site in Santa Rosa is uniquely situated in an area that gets good heat, but also has a prevailing cool marine influence, enabling them to grow cool weather crops like lettuce alongside heat-loving tomatoes and peppers. Both Kevin and Keith have a strong commitment to sustainable agriculture, as demonstrated by their efforts to reduce outside inputs and build soil with cover crops, compost and minimal tillage. They also have a hedgerow of natives and other plants to provide habitat and attract pollinators to the farm.
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Sebastopol, CA 95472
www.quetzalfarm.comSanta Rosa, Sonoma County, CA 55 miles Sandy loam, clay Well and reclaimed Quetzal Farm is owned and managed by Kevin McEnnis & Keith Abeles. They employ 2 year-round workers, and during peak season they have up to 8 people working on the farm. Certified Organic by CCOF since 2002 Kelp, feather meal, fish emulsion, calcium, compost, fertigation, cover crops Electric cultivating tractor, hand tools Row cover 20 acres