FGF Farm

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Our Farm Plot

With our campus being in a perfect location for our farm stand, the land we farm on is just east of Discovery Bay. In the heart of the California Delta there is a prime 1,000 acre piece of farmland. Hidden away on that land and hugging the delta, is our diverse 12-arce farm plot with room to grow to 60 acres. The Brentwood climate is known for its hot, dry summers and cool, wet winters. Mix that with some out of this world soil and it is the perfect combination for a 300 plus day growing season!

Our Soil

If you have talked with us at market we often say that our vegetables have amazing flavor. We are not just saying it in the hopes that you will grab some of our Donation-Based produce, we are saying it because the truth is in our soil. We are fortunate enough to grow on a soil known as peat dirt. Peat dirt is an organic matter soil as opposed to the typical mineral soil most farmers cultivate. Our soil has 15% organic matter when most other soils have anywhere from 3-6% organic matter. This is because we are right next to a man-made levee on the California Delta, which means that the land in its natural state before the levee system, was a large fresh water marsh which created the high organic matter in our peat dirt.


"Kale Kings of Contra Costa County"

A name we gave ourselves, "Kale Kings of Contra Costa County" for selling varieties of Kale thoughout the winter. In the winter months on our farm the most prolific crops we grow are known as Brassicas or Cruciferous vegetables. Brassicas are a family of cool weather crops which include; Kale, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Rapini, Kolhrabi, Collard Greens, Mustard Greens, Bok Choy, Daikons, Radishes, and Cabbage. Those make up most of the crops we grow during the cool months, but our most popular by far are our Kale vareities and our "world famous" Beets.
When the spring rolls around before the blazing heat of summer comes we rotate to growing Nightshades and Cucurbits. The nightshades we grow are a varitety of Tomatoes, Peppers and Eggplant and our Cucurbits are a variety of Cucumbers, Melons, Summer Squash and Winter Squash.

Our Practices

These are our practices in compliance with the
Natural Resources Conservation Services

Conservation Crop Rotation

Each season we continuously rotate our crops to help manage our biodiversity, soil fertility and organic material to aid in erosion reduction, nutrient balance and sustained organic matter.

Cover Crops

In our crop rotation we incorporate cover crops for seasonal protection, soil improvement and nutrient management. Typically we use a mixture of Purple Vetch, Winter Rye and Bell Bean.

Irrigation Systems & Management

We utilize both drip and pipe irrigation to apply water to our fields. The purpose of our drip irrigation is to apply the water directly to the root system through a low pressure trickle system. The pipe irrigation is used predominately with our crops that cannot be transplanted in the mulch but have to be direct seeded with a tractor, for example our Beets and Radishes. We are able to manage the mount and timing of the irrigation to use our water as productively as possible and minimize soil erosion and water run off.

Mulch

Out two biggest goals when using different mulches is to suppress our weeds and conserve as much water as possible. The mulch keeps our weed population down so our plants have a chance to outgrow them. California is in it's 5th year of severe drought so we have been utilizing mulch along with drip irrigation to keep the most amount of water in the soil and avoid too much water evaporation.