One of the greatest strengths of our school is the wonderful community network of Mendocino County and some of our surrounding counties. Over the course of our semester we visit over 30 different farms and facilities involved with food production, and we host a multitude of guest instructors who come to us to teach workshops and classes on everything from marketing to welding. We are unbelievably lucky to live in an area with such a diverse and supportive network of farmers, food producers and food advocates, and we look forward to continue building and contributing to our relationships with the following organizations, places and individuals:
We view farming as a symphony of life-affirming patterns, taking care to nurture the biotic community resident in our soils, orchestrating the succession of crops each one benefitting from its predecessor, and taking Diversity as our guiding principle.
All American Hay and Grain
Through internet, retail, and wholesale, All American Hay and Grain sells Alfalfa, Almond Hulls, Barley, Broker (Client Profile Products only), Corn, Grains, Hay, Oats, Pasture, Rice Hulls, Rye, Vetch
We love our foods fresh and are happiest when we can have them that way. We believe that eating in season is the best path to a long and healthy life. Most of us are lucky enough to be able to choose from a wide array of foods throughout the year, but many of those foods are traveling long distances and are costing us in ways we cannot always foresee. Our next preference is to eat foods that have been processed as close to the source as possible. Food preservation is a time honored way of stretching the harvest bounty between seasons. In our not too distant past it was an absolute necessity for our rural population. Many of the techniques and recipes that used to be handed down from mother to daughter are being lost in our fast-paced times. We hope to carry on the tradition.
Bountiful Garden Seed Company
We developed the biointensive and GROW BIOINTENSIVE® methods of sustainable organic gardening and mini-farming to grow the most food in your backyard while protecting and improving your soil. We have practical tools for self-reliance and self-sufficiency. Our methods include double-dug beds, intensive planting, companion planting, composting, carbon farming, calorie farming, and open-pollinated seeds. We are CCOF certified organic, members of OSA (the Organic Seed Alliance), Open Source Seed Initiative and the Safe Seed Pledge. We offer untreated open-pollinated, gmo-free, heirloom seed of vegetables, herbs, trees, and grains. We sell practical gardening tools. We also support biodynamics and permaculture.
Cold Creek Compost
Nestled in the hills above Potter Valley in Mendocino County lies the Cold Creek Compost facility. Established in 1995 as the first fully permitted compost facility between San Francisco and the Oregon border, the Cold Creek facility is quite unlike most composting operations. Since inception Cold Creek has been committed to developing and producing high quality, nutrient rich soil amendments. Cold Creek Compost was a pioneer in what is now considered Sustainable Materials Management and is committed to producing an organic fertilizer superior to traditional chemical fertilizers.
Community Gardens Project
The Gardens Project relieves hunger and inadequate nutrition in low-income neighborhoods, senior communities, schools, and youth enterprise projects by creating access to community-based food production and local, nutritious food.
Covelo Organic is well-known for its delicious root crops such as beets and carrots. Melons grown on the farm are also popular.
Located in Northern California, DripWorks provides quality drip irrigation supplies and equipment to people wanting to reap the savings and benefits of using drip irrigation. Drip irrigation is an easy way to save time, water and money. Drip irrigation uses up to 30-50% less water than conventional irrigation methods. Believed by many to be the world’s most valuable development in agriculture, drip irrigation is key to water conservation. As a result of its water saving effect, the use of drip irrigation is less expensive, greener, and, if installed in time, a plant-saving option for watering. It can be set up using municipal water and wells, as well as rain-catchment sources.
Aware of intensifying world challenges and the basic need of people to feed themselves, we have been working for 40 years to develop an elegant, small-scale agricultural system — GROW BIOINTENSIVE® Sustainable Mini-Farming — that when practiced correctly, nurtures healthy soil fertility, produces high yields, conserves resources and can be used successfully by almost everyone. Our goal is to help this system be known and used locally…on a worldwide basis.
We are the newest wave of farmers, ranchers, and sustainable food system advocates. With a passion for feeding our local communities, we unite to share skills, knowledge and a meal after a day in the field. Founded by farmers for farmers, we support healthy food production by collectively striving toward the economic viability of agriculture as well as the social networks to attract, cultivate and sustain a new generation ready to work the land.
Fortunate Farm is an inter-generational family farm that provides heirloom vegetables and flowers to our community on the Mendocino Coast in Northern California. We practice sustainable farming with sincere care for the land and the soil.
Full Belly Farm
Full Belly Farm is a certified organic farm located in the beautiful Capay Valley of northern California. We are committed to fostering sustainability on all levels, from fertility in our soil and care for the environment, to stable employment for our farm workers. We strive to be good stewards of this farm, so that this generation and future generations may continue to be nourished by the healthy and vibrant food that we produce. Our farm has been certified organic since 1985, and we strive to continue to support local food systems and create a strong local food economy.
Golden Rule Community
Green Uprising Farm
We are five adults and four children committed to shrinking our ecological footprint, healing the land, and improving it’s productivity, while trying to incorporate permaculture, biodynamic and bio-intestive thinking into our farm development. We’ve been here seven years working to resuscitate an old farm, with three orchards of apples, pears, plums, and walnut trees, a couple of small vineyards, lots of wild blackberries, and several gardens. We grow fruit, vegetables and herbs using traditional organic methods for farmers markets, our roadside stand, and some retail stores. We also have a small herd of goats, whose rich milk gives us cheese, kefir and yogurt. We raise winter vegetables in two production high tunnels and under row cover. And we gather local herbs and grow a few exotics for herbal lotions and medicines.
Happy Day Farm
HappyDay Farms is operated by Casey O’Neill and Amber Cline, we are passionate about supporting our local food security. We work in cooperation with other local farmers in order to provide food year round to our members. We hope to further educate our community about the importance of eating seasonally. HappyDay Farms provides direct access to local, seasonal, farm-fresh produce.
Harvest Market is the Mendocino Coast’s first choice for local, organic and traditional products and services.
Holistic Management International
For over 30 years, HMI has been empowering farmers & ranchers with the knowledge of regenerative agricultural practices that help them heal the land, strengthen their businesses and improve quality of life…for us all.
Irene came to the United States in the late 1970’s from her native Ireland. She was mentored by Bob Cantisano, who has guided two generations of organic farmers and founded the annual Eco-Farm Conference in Asilomar. Irene has been farming in Mendocino County since 1985.
We love our community! We at JD Redhouse value the relationships we have with our customers… many of whom we consider friends. We believe that by taking care of our loyal customers now, we are investing in our future as a family and a community. Join us as we move ahead with a more modern “farm and feed” store!
Jim Leonardis Farm
Since 2007, Jim has fostered an ethic of stewardship for his 40-acre certified organic farm. The farm features an idyllic barn and 67-year old walnut trees. Jim welcomes all creatures except ground squirrels and gophers.
Little Lake Grange Community Kitchen
Live Power Community Farm
Founded in 1973 by Stephen and Gloria Decater, Live Power Community Farm is a 50-acre, solar electric and horse-powered, diversified, certified biodynamic farm. Four acres are devoted to an intensive vegetable garden hosting some 60 varieties of vegetables and herbs. We use a glasshouse and cold frames to propagate vegetable and flower transplants, and grow home orchard fruits and field and forage crops for hay, grain, and pasture. Animal husbandry includes draft horses, dairy and beef cows, feeder pigs, sheep, and laying hens. We butcher and process meat animals, and bake bread in our outdoor, wood-fired brick oven.
For five generations (the 6th just joined us!) our family has been honored to steward this land. Magruder Ranch (also known as Ingel-Haven Ranch) is located in Potter Valley, 130 miles north of San Francisco. In 1918, our family first purchased these 2,400 acres of fertile bottom land, rolling oak savannah hills and rugged chaparral rangeland. Each generation has left its mark, from sheep, to pears, to grass-finished cattle and lamb.
Mendocino Alcohol Fuel Group
Mendocino County Farm Supply
Mendocino County Farm Supply has been serving the needs of ranchers, farmers, gardeners and homesteaders since 1949. Today we offer an immense selection of products from livestock medication to clothing. Our 90,000+ square foot retail area includes fencing, fertilizers, clothing, power tools, pet food, books, safety equipment and more! All centrally located in Ukiah; the heart of Mendocino County!
Mendocino County Farmers Market
-To provide low overhead, cooperatively run market places for vegetables, fruits and related agricultural products grown and produced in Mendocino and nearby counties.
-To sponsor and coordinate Certified Farmers Markets strategically located throughout this and adjacent counties to encourage and support the direct marketing of locally grown and produced agricultural products in accordance with the State of California direct marketing regulations.
-To facilitate and provide educational opportunities for current or potential growers and producers to enhance their productivity and to encourage their participation in the Farmers Market.
Mendocino Grain Project
The Mendocino Grain Project aims to provide Mendocino County and adjacent regions with sustainably-cultivated, nutrient-rich grains and legumes. We grow grains and support other Northern California grain growers by harvesting, cleaning, and milling their crops. Our granary is in Ukiah, California, and we’re very fortunate to be able to grow our grains at Nelson Family Vineyards in the Russian River Valley south of Ukiah.
National Heirloom Expo
What began in 2011 as a celebration of pure food and sustainable living has become the world’s largest annual heritage food event. Thousands of people come from around the world to the Expo to celebrate traditional crops, foods, seeds, poultry, and livestock. Featuring the largest display of heirloom produce, many small gardeners and large farmers supply an abundance of fruits and vegetables for exhibiting and tasting. More than 350 related and like-minded vendors include seed companies, tool companies, accessories, food, produce, garden products, and much more.
North Coast Opportunities
North Coast Opportunities, Inc. (NCO) is the Community Action Agency that serves Lake and Mendocino Counties, as well as parts of Humboldt, Sonoma, Del Norte, and Solano Counties. NCO was established in 1968 as part of President Johnson’s War on Poverty, with the mission of assisting low-income and disadvantaged people to become self-reliant. NCO provides a safety net of emergency assistance, employment, and training services for low-income individuals and families. NCO employs 250 people, has an annual budget of approximately $15 million, and has successfully managed major grants from federal, state, and foundation funders.
Not So Simple Living Fair
The Not-So-Simple Living Fair, a weekend of hands-on workshops and demonstrations celebrating rural living and homesteading skills.
The Parducci commitment to sustainable winemaking practices translates to high standards for both vineyard cultivation and winery operations, including a farm-to-table garden program, wildlife habitat preservation, and a nationally recognized water conservation and reclamation program.
Penny Royal Dairy
Pennyroyal Farm is located in Boonville, California, in beautiful Anderson Valley. Our estate vineyard includes 23 acres on the Boonville bench, planted in Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc. Pennyroyal Farm is committed to producing handcrafted wine and farmstead cheese, and our cheese is produced exclusively from the milk of goats and sheep that are raised here on our family farm. Our pampered, beloved animals munch on wild grasses and pennyroyal mint that blanket the property. The milk is transformed into fresh and aged cheeses just steps from the animal pastures which allow Pennyroyal cheese, like our grapes, to reveal a strong sense of place. By integrating animal husbandry and viticulture, we avoid many of the pitfalls of monoculture- each farming endeavor enhances and compliments the other.
A locally owned supplier to rural homeowners with two stores; Rainbow Ag features pet food and supplies, Stihl, Husqvarna and Honda power equipment along with a complete service and parts department to back up the products we sell.
Sea Ranch Sheep
Seeley Farm Stand
The Seely family has been farming for 4 generations. The late Edward M. Seely moved the farming operation of Bartlett pears from the Santa Clara Valley to the Lewis R. Dorn ranch in Upper Lake in 1953. He chose the very rural Lake County area because of its reputation for growing high quality pears and the Upper Lake area in particular because of its good soils. The property was planted in some pears but was previously farmed in the famous “Blue Lake” green beans. The beans were sold and processed at the Upper Lake bean cannery across the road. The cannery processed beans from 1915 through the early 60’s. Mr. Seely started his relocated operation with 70 acres of pears. The ranch operated its own pear packing operation at that time.
Solar Living Institute
The Solar Living Institute (SLI) is a 501c3 non-profit institution with a national reputation for solar training and sustainable living education. The mission of the SLI is to promote sustainable living through inspirational environmental education.
Tequio Community Farm was started in January 2015 by Hunter Flynn and Isabel Quiroz. The farm is located on Ridgewood Ranch in Willits. “Tequio” is a Mexican concept which refers to a collective work done by the members of a community with the sole intention of benefiting the place in which they live. The importance of the tequio lies not only in the material contribution it provides to that space, but in the feeling of coexistence and integration it brings to its community members.
Tierra Vegetables is committed to producing food and fiber products of the highest quality through sustainable farming practices.
At the Tierra Vegetables Farm Stand, located inside the Big White Barn on our farm, we sell only what is grown and produced on our farmland – locally grown and locally produced means you can be assured of fruits and vegetables that are freshly picked, flavorful and nutritious, and of the highest quality possible.
TRAIL Riding Program
Tres Bien Cheese
Tres Bien Creamery is family owned and operated producing top quatity dairy products for years. Our family enjoys creating new flavors on a regular basis If there is a flavor of cheese you would like on our line, contact us. We do custom flavors.
Wall- to-wall Building
Wall to Wall is a Comprehensive Natural Building Workshop Series happening at Ridgewood Ranch in northern California.