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Marin Roots Farm

People

Jesse and Moira Kuhn

Farmland

35 acres in Petaluma, about 35 miles to San Francisco

About

Jesse became interested in farming in college, where he took classes in agriculture and eventually managed a student farm. After volunteering and working on several farms, he decided to start his own on leased land in 2003. He met Moira, who was working at County Line Harvest, and she joined him at Marin Roots in 2014. “Farming is at the root of the sustainability movement,” says Jesse. “Our farm provides its workers with a liveable wage. We are also working to educate the public about the importance of good food. It’s not something to be taken for granted.” To enrich the farm’s soil, they use green manure and mulch and incorporate aged manure, compost, and crop residue. To control pests, they rotate crops, create habitat for beneficial insects, use physical barriers, and grow pest-resistant varieties.

Certification

Marin Organic Certified Agriculture (MOCA)

Fun Fact

As a boy, Jesse often pulled carrots from his family’s garden early; now he intentionally harvests them small.

Location


Petaluma, California

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