Full Belly Farm

Judith Redmond

Full Belly Farm is a diverse 250-acre organic farm located in California’s fertile Capay Valley, an hour northwest of Sacramento. Three families own the farm and work there full-time, and they are commited to providing year-round employment for their crew. They also help train the next generation of sustainable food and farming participants through an apprenticeship program. The farm maintains habitat areas for beneficial insects and wildlife and integrates crop production with long-term environmental stewardship.

In addition to being focused on production, Full Belly is home to many activities, including educational tours, school groups and the annual Hoes Down Harvest Festival (www.hoesdown.org), a fundraiser for community organizations. Full Belly Farm aims to produce the highest quality food possible, and to foster long-term mutually beneficial relationships with their customers. They have an effective and organized business that embraces creativity, spontaneity and humor. Read more about Full Belly Farm in our Fall 2009 newsletter: https://ecologycenter.org/bfm/newsletters/200909.pdf

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Markets:South Berkeley (Tuesday)Season:
Year-RoundProduct: Flowers, herbs, nuts, fruits and nearly 100 different vegetablesFarmer's Name: Judith RedmondMailing Address: P.O. Box 251
Guinda, CA 95637
Email: judith@fullbellyfarm.com
Phone: (530) 796-2214
Website: http://www.fullbellyfarm.comFarm Location:
Guinda, Yolo County, CADistance From Berkeley:
90 milesSoil Type: Sandy clay loamWater Source: Cache Creek and WellAbout the Farm:
Full Belly Farm is run by four full-time partners: Andrew Brait, Paul Muller, Judith Redmond, and Dru Rivers. They are joined by seasonal apprentices and a crew of 55 year-round employees, including several young people who grew up on the farm.Organic Certification: Certified Organic by CCOF since 1985Fertilizer: Cover crops and compost are the foundation of Full Belly’s soil fertility program. Each field is cover-cropped for one season per year. Cover crops are harvested by their herd of 100 ewes. Fast growing crops that need additional nutrients are given fish-based or heat-treated manure-based fertilizers.Weed Control: Timing of cultivation, planting & irrigation; hand hoeing.Pest Management: Biodiversity is the key to pest control at Full Belly Farm. They also use organically-approved oils, copper & sulfur, and garlic & clove-based sprays to control diseases in their orchards.Acreage: 250 acres