Our Local Community
We recognize and appreciate the many members of our farming community that have supported and assisted us throughout each year.
This also gives us the opportunity to highlight the many growers, organizations, and individuals you can support in the Pescadero area. We wouldn't be here without their help!
An awesome women-run farm in Pescadero, owners and operators Airielle and Kaeleigh are known for their delicious vegetables, beautiful flower arrangements and impeccable style. We are excited to be subleasing 3 acres to Fly Girl for the 2018 growing season and to have their energy surround us! Find their products and their stylish selves at the Pescadero Farmers Market, Pacifica Farmers Market, Half Moon Bay Farmers Market and the College of San Mateo Farmers Market.
Steadfast Herbs makes herbal medicine to provide preventative and holistic care for their communities while also caring for the plants and places that they tend to. They grow their medicinal plants using organic farming practices right here at Root Down Farm. You can find their products at the Saturday Coastside Farmers Market in Half Moon Bay, Thursday Mission Farmers Market, The San Gregorio General Store, Pie Ranch Farm Stand, BioFuel Oasis in Berkeley, Five Pins in SF, OR by joining their seasonal Herbal CSA!
Simms Organics is a 20 acre CCOF Certified organic farm located here in Pescadero. They grow a variety of organic vegetables, fruits and herbs for Farmers Markets, a weekly box service and for their CSA Members. You can find them at the Coastside Farmers Market in Half Moon Bay and as part of the "Pescadero Produce & Protein" stand at the Felton Farmers Market.
The Pescadero Flowery offers U-pick dahlias, flower arrangements for events, and the most beautiful little shop in downtown Pescadero. Owner Mia Riddle started this flower haven three years ago and her impeccable style is felt when you walk through the gate.
Pie Ranch cultivates a healthy and just food system from seed to table through food education, farmer training, and regional partnerships. Dede worked here for 2 years in 2008 and 2009, and ever since then Nancy and Jered and their two kids Lucas and Rosa have been instrumental in supporting us and our vision. Check out their website for their many events and workshops and go visit their awesome farm stand at 2080 Cabrillo Highway weekdays 12-5pm and weekends 10-5pm.
Fifth Crow Farm grows a beautiful diversity of vegetables, flowers, apples and eggs on 80 acres. They are just up the road from us, which has been great in terms of equipment borrowing and overall support. You can find their produce in many bay area Farmers Markets and through their CSA.
Double Dog Ranch
Gene and Donna are some of the sweetest, most generous people out here, and we could not have started this farm without their support. They live about 2 miles up the road, and have many great resources that they are willing to share, including a fully stocked workshop, tractors, implements, and local knowledge. Wonderful people to sit down and have the best cup of tea with also.
Markegard Family Grass-Fed provides the community with locally born, raised and processed certified grass-fed beef and lamb, chicken and pasture raised pork. Customers can order beef, lamb and pork online through their shop to be delivered around the Bay Area or at Farmers Markets, or check out their CSA. Among other land around our area, they graze their cattle just over the ridge from us on the remainder of Cloverdale Ranch.
A gorgeous and diverse 'farmstead' in Loma Mar, California. Kate and Jeff Haas started production on their little 'stead with Dede managing their animal and crop production from 2011 until 2013. They raise dairy goats, chickens & ducks, and grow mixed vegetables and fruit. You can see them at the new Loma Mar store (opening Fall of 2018). They have been instrumental in helping us get off the ground with their generosity and never ending support. Find their delicious chicken eggs at the Tuesday Felton Farmers Market at the "Pescadero Produce & Protein" stall.
Potrero Nuevo Farm is situated in the Tunitas Creek Valley of Half Moon Bay California. PNF provides charitable works in partnership with Abundant Grace Coastside Worker. The Farm donates use of its land, harvest support, seed, use of farm equipment and other materials to Abundant Grace Coastside Worker which feeds the low-income and homeless communities.
They host a U-Pick Club for local families, an educational program for Pilarcitos High School’s “Coyote Farms Project” and farm tours for community groups.
POST owns the land we are currently leasing and stewarding, and their mission is to protect and care for open space, farms and parkland in and around Silicon Valley. Since 1977, they have been responsible for saving over 75,000 acres as permanent open space and parkland in San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties. We have worked closely with them in order to co-create a plan that will ensure the successful operation of a farm on this property while taking care of the natural resources with the best practices possible.
LeftCoast Grass-Fed Is based out of TomKat Ranch though they also lease other grazing land around Pescadero, including from us. Their beef is 100% grass-fed, grass-finished. LeftCoast is certified American Grass-fed Association and Animal Welfare Approved. This certifies that their beef comes from cattle raised on grasses and forages in pasture, not feed lots; no hormones or antibiotics; and were raised humanely from birth to slaughter. We are proud and excited to be collaborating with LeftCoast, both by utilizing their cows for grazing and fertilizing our land and in selling our products at various Farmers Markets. Having ruminants like cattle graze the land in conjunction with our poultry and pigs has a multitude of benefits for the pasture and soils. Find their beef: Wednesday Downtown Santa Cruz Market, Saturday West Side Santa Cruz Market, Thursday Pescadero Market. And in collaboration: Saturday Palo Alto Farmers Market, Thursday Mission Farmers Market, and Tuesday Felton Farmers Market at the "Pescadero Produce & Protein" stall.
RNR Farms started by growing rosemary and a lot of it. Owner/Operator Jose Ramirez has since expanded and this year opened a Farm Stand on Pescadero Creek Road. There he sells his rosemary, duck eggs, and organic raspberries, blackberries and olallieberries and offers a U-pick for the berries. The duck eggs are also available at the Felton Farmers Market at the 'Pescadero Produce & Protein' stall.
Vida Verde was founded in 2001 by two amazing humans (and former Teach for America classroom teachers) who saw a pressing need for disadvantaged youth to have educational experiences outside of the classroom. Their vision led to the formation of Vida Verde, and that innovative vision has been carefully developed into a highly effective and acclaimed educational program. Now in its 15th year of operation, Vida Verde is located in neighboring town, San Gregorio, and has provided programs for over 9,000 Bay Area low-income students and their teachers.
Blue House Farm is a place that recognizes and nourishes the connection between good food, the natural world and our community. They started right here on this same land and now grow on land in Pescadero and San Gregorio. You can find their produce by signing up for their CSA, at many bay area Farmers Markets, and at their U-pick & Farm Stand in San Gregorio.
Neil, Alex, and Leyla live right up the road and make beautiful sculptures, fences and other pieces from their various types of willow and sell them around the country. They also breed and raise heritage sheep.
TomKat Ranch is a ranch and educational foundation in Pescadero, focused on providing healthy food on working lands in a way that sustains the planet and inspires others to action. To serve as a learning laboratory for animal agriculture on working lands focusing on climate stability, nature’s benefits, healthy food, biodiversity, and vibrant community. LeftCoast Grass-fed is a grass-fed beef operation based out of Tomkat Ranch.
CASFS is a research, education, and public service program at the University of California, Santa Cruz, dedicated to increasing ecological sustainability and social justice in the food and agriculture system, and is home to a six-month long residential apprenticeship program that trains around forty new apprentices every year in ecological horticulture. Now in its 48th year, this apprenticeship program is one of the main reasons why the Central Coast has such a high number of organic farmers. We work closely with instructors Orin Martin and Sky DeMuro in planning, planting and maintaining our apple orchard and lives.
Harley Farms is a passionate advocate of slow food, and is proud to appear at world food events. Nonetheless, their primary mission is to provide food and an experience that is truly sustainable and local for our community and visitors. The success of their cheese reflects the health of their animals and pasture, the diligence of their longstanding staff. Check out their website for more information on events, weddings, dinners, tours and their award-winning goat cheese.
As the region’s only Community Resource Center, Puente serves the San Mateo County South Coast communities of Pescadero, La Honda, Loma Mar, and San Gregorio. Puente both advocates for our communities and leverages resources that foster economic prosperity and security, and that promote individual and community health and wellness. They support local leaders and work together with our neighbors creating solutions for our diverse communities. Among many other programs, they coordinate the Pescadero Farmers Market, every Thursday from 3-7, starting June 4th in 'downtown' Pescadero.