Triple J

Jim Nofziger’s postage stamp-sized farm is a wine making hobby gone wild. Ten years ago, he began terracing an unused side yard at his residence in Pacifica, CA. He planted apple and plum trees, then expanded into vegetables, and the rest is history. Jim is proud to have transformed a rocky hillside into a productive, CCOF certified organic farm. He says, “Many years ago this area was a Spanish Land Grant and numerous crops were grown here. Then it was turned into urban sprawl. Now, once again, a small part of Pacifica is a productive area.” In his nearly frost-free, coastal location, he is able to grow tropical plants such as white ginger, which is an exciting and unusual crop to have at the Berkeley Farmers’ Markets. The ginger leaves make an excellent cooking medium, and the cut flowers have a beautiful aroma.

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Markets:Downtown Berkeley (Saturday)Season:
Year-Round, 1st Saturday of the MonthProduct: Plum and apple cider vinegar, nursery plants, white ginger (leaves, root, and flowers), heirloom winter squash, potatoesFarmer's Name: Jim NofzigerMailing Address: 9 Sequoia Way
Pacifica, CA 94044
Phone: (650) 355-2065Farm Location:
Pacifica, San Mateo County, CADistance From Berkeley:
30 milesSoil Type: Purchased top soil used to fill terraced gardenWater Source: MunicipalAbout the Farm:
Triple J is owned and managed by Jim Nofziger. He works mostly alone to maintain his small farm, and his wife, Judy, helps with the bookwork. Jim’s grandson, Jaden Rizzetto, helps out on the farm, and his son, Martin, fills in at some markets.Organic Certification: Certified Organic by CCOF since 2005Fertilizer: Widespread use of homemade compostWeed Control: Hand weedingPest Management: Hand pickingAcreage: Less than 1/4-acre