Kaki Farm

Nicasio and Carmen Soria

Nicasio Soria moved to the United States from Zacatecas, Mexico in 1979 and began working for Martin Bowman on his organic farm. When Martin passed away in 1990, Nicasio purchased the farm, which continues to be certified organic to this day. Nicasio says, “I have been a farmer all of my life, and I enjoy selling at the Berkeley Farmers’ Market with my wife Carmen. Thank you for coming to the market.”

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Markets:South Berkeley (Tuesday)Downtown Berkeley (Saturday)Season:
Year-RoundProduct: Pastured eggs, citrus, persimmons, fruits & vegetables, asparagusFarmer's Name: Nicasio and Carmen Soria, CA 95948Farm Location:
Gridley, Butte County, CADistance From Berkeley:
135 milesSoil Type: SandyWater Source: WellAbout the Farm:
Kaki Farm, owned and operated by Nicasio Soria, employs 4 year-round employees and 20 people during peak season. Five family members work on the farm, including Nicasio’s sister, nieces, and nephews.Organic Certification: Certified Organic by CCOF since 1991Fertilizer: Chicken manure, produced on-site.Weed Control: Tractor cultivation, hand-weeding and hoeing.Pest Management: Traps and beneficial insects like ladybugs.Acreage: 26 acresHerd/Flock Size: About 600 chickens.Feeding Practices: Chickens are pastured throughout the farm and are free to eat whatever they find. Their diet is often supplemented with leftover fruit and vegetable scraps from the farm.