Jordan Gatto studied farming and gardening at the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems. He began farming on his own in 2003 after working for a number of organic farmers. As a Northern California farmer with a short season, Jordan has found that it is it is hard to compete in the fresh vegetable market. This fact, combined with a love of cooking, led Jordan to explore adding value to his fresh vegetables through processing. Over time, he honed in on tomato juice and tomato sauce as workable value-added products for the farmers’ market.

The goal at Gattonelli is to produce the purest, healthiest, and most flavorful products available. To Jordan, “pure” means that he grows the ingredients he uses himself. “Healthy” means that he adds no salt or sugar. The flavor of his products is “summer,” and he works hard to capture that summer freshness in every bottle.

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Markets:Downtown Berkeley (Saturday)Season:
Year-roundProduct: Value-added farm products including tomato sauce and tomato juice, potatoes, garlic, onions, and asparagusFarmer's Name: Jordan GattoMailing Address: 74451 Hill Road
Covelo, CA, CA 95428Farm Location:
Covelo, Mendocino County, CADistance From Berkeley:
185 milesSoil Type: Heavy clayWater Source: WellAbout the Farm:
Jordan Gatto owns and operates the farm. He hires 1 seasonal employee at peak. Charles Gatto, Jordan’s father, works on market sales.Organic Certification: CCOF organic certified since 2013Fertilizer: Pelletized compost and manureWeed Control: Tractor, by handPest Management: Hand picking squash bugs, crop rotationAcreage: 40 acres