Lindencroft Farm is a small, family run,
organic farm located in Ben Lomond, California. We lovingly grow the
highest quality vegetables, herbs, fruit, and flowers. When you buy
a share in our CSA program, you get a weekly box of the finest seasonal
produce picked at the peak of ripeness.
Find out more about our CSA and our schedule
of crops, or to find out about the latest things happening on the farm, including pictures, check out our blog.
How We Operate the Farm
We currently have about two acres in production, growing
entirely in special raised beds. Why are they special? We excavate a
full 3 feet of our native very sandy soil for each bed, line the bed
with steel hardware cloth, and refill with a mix of organic compost,
aged and composted horse manure, and native soil. Then we surround the
bed with a traditional redwood frame. From that point on, these beds
will never be tilled, compacted, or otherwise disturbed by machines
or feet. They are refreshed between crops with natural
organic compost. We use drip irrigation exclusively, and have extensive
native flowering hedgerows to provide healthy habitat for beneficial
insects and birds. The entire farm site is surrounded by redwood forest
and oak meadowland, teaming with wildlife. Our philosophy of farming
is to gently coax the best produce from our beds by creating as natural
an environment as we can. Each year, the farm is healthier, more robust,
and more beautiful than the last.
We start nearly everything from seed. Since our goal is to serve only
our local community, we wait to harvest until the food is fully ripe
and ready to eat. We grow year-round, striving to make available a full
range of delicious and healthy food, rather than specializing in a just
a few crops at a time.
We believe modern agriculture in this county has moved its focus from
flavor and nutrition to yields, transportability, and profits. But,
in fact, yields in a well-run sustainable organic farm are excellent,
resulting in a potential for a reasonable, if small, profit. Transportability
is a non-issue by selling locally. Thus we feel we are doing our part
to cut down on wasted energy and greenhouse gases.
Speaking of greenhouse gases, in January 2007 we have installed a large
photovotaic (PV) system to generate all the electricity we need on the
farm. This system will produce some 18 million watts of electricity per
year. This will eliminate some 3,000 pounds of greenhouse gas polution
Another way we try to be gentle to the earth and energy wise is to use
recaptured rainwater for irrigation rather than pumping everthing from
our deep well. In 2006, we installed a rainwater collector to capture
some 236,000 gallons of water. This should meet our annual irrigation
For us, being an organic, sustainable farm is something that we deeply
believe in. Although we voluntarily are no longer certified by CCOF, we, as farmers, are committed
to follow the highest standards and practices of organic farming, and
follow the same standards and practices that we did when we were CCOF certified. We simply found the paperwork requirements of CCOF were beyond economic realites for a farm of our size and large crop complexity.
We always welcome your input and suggestions. You may visit the farm
at any time provided you call first to ensure that we will be available.
Our phone and e-mail contacts are listed at the bottom of every page
on the Lindencroft Farm website.
March 30, 2014
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