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Frog Hollow Farm

People

Farmer Al Courchesne; business partner, co-owner, and wife, Rebecca Courchesne; and co-owner Sarah Coddington; along with 31 full-time and 55 seasonal employees.

Farmland

133 acres in Brentwood, about 50 miles from the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.

Farm History

Al, Becky, and Sarah all grew up in the Bay Area. Farmer Al graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Anthropology and started Frog Hollow Farm in 1976. Farmer Al, as he likes to be called, has grown the farm from a small one-man show into a 133-acre farm specializing in stone fruits, with a line of conserves, chutneys, marmalades, pastries, dried fruits, and olive oil. Frog Hollow Farm is committed to growing fruit and making products that are socially and environmentally sustainable. They share their harvest directly with customers through their CSA, farm-to-table cafe located in the Ferry Building, website, and farmers markets.

Certification

California Certified Organic Farmer (CCOF) since 1989

Soil

Deep clay loam is built with compost, limestone dust, kelp, gypsum, and fish emulsion.

Water Use

Irrigate with micro-sprinklers.

Weed Control

Mechanical and hand cultivation.

Pest Management

Beneficial insects, pheromone disruption, reliance on good soil.

Fun Fact

Concerned about the lack of affordable farmworker housing in the Brentwood area, the farm built six family housing units on their property in which year-round workers live.

Location


Brentwood, California

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