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Eatwell Farm


Lorraine Walker and her son, Cameron Ottens, and Nigel Walker’s twin boys, Eric and Andrew, along with 16 full-time and 4 part-time employees.


105 acres in Dixon (Solano County), 70 miles from the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.

Farm History

Nigel Walker grew up in Leicester, England, and studied agriculture in Essex. Nigel developed an interest in organic farming early on and in 1997, purchased his own land. One of the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market founding farms, Eatwell Farm grows a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, and sells many specialty products made from the lavender and other herbs they grow. The farm also sells pasture-raised eggs. Besides selling at the farmers market, Eatwell Farm operates a sizable community supported agriculture (CSA) program. To conserve energy and reduce pollution, they use recycled vegetable oil to run the diesel irrigation pump and delivery truck.

Nigel passed away in 2017, but his wife, Lorraine, and the Eatwell family carry on his pioneering legacy.


California Certified Organic Farmer (CCOF) since 2000


The silty clay loam is built with compost, cover crops, crop stubble, and gypsum. The use of animals, on a rotational basis, provides a natural source of nitrogen, an essential plant nutrient. Certified organic fertilizers are also used.

Water Use

Irrigation by drip, furrow and sprinkler.

Weed Control

Hand and machine cultivation, inter-crop rotation, and soil solarization.

Pest Management

Population monitoring, release of beneficial insects, habitat creation for beneficial insects, pheromone disruption, application of certified organic pesticides, crop rotation, selection of resistant varieties.

Fun Fact

Researchers from UC Davis are currently doing research on Eatwell Farm because the populations of native bees and other beneficial insects there are unusually high.


Dixon, California


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