Saving Water in the Capay Valley

One of the things we’ve been committed to experimenting with in the past few years is reducing tillage on our farm—in other words, fewer tractor passes through our fields and less turnover of the soil. We normally use tractors to cull weeds, turn under our cover crops, and make beds ready for planting after we have disked a field. We’re trying to reduce the use of tractors and soil turnover in two ways. The first is by using black poly mulch on our beds, and the second is by using our cover crops as mulch.

Giving Thanks

The Hoes Down Harvest Festival Report

Tales of Tomato Season


As I drive around the valley, everywhere I look tomato plants are quickly growing larger. Watching them grow is torture because tomatoes have been on my mind since they went out of season early last fall. The funny thing is, I didn’t even like tomatoes until I moved to the Capay Valley last August.

Busy Summer Months

Organic Vs. Conventional: The Long Term Study

Can Gardens Transform Detroit?

flower-field-transby Judith Redmond of Full Belly Farm,  courtesy of  Capay Valley Farm Shop

I was recently in Detroit for a food and farming policy meeting. While there, our group took a field trip to meet local leaders in the urban gardening and farm to school movement. On the way, looking out the windows of the bus, we saw abandoned, decaying homes, empty factories, the shell of a once-majestic train station and vacant lots.

Capay Valley Garden Tour

Greenhouse Work

Farmers on Food Safety