Posts Tagged ‘selling in Watsonville’

The Good Guys and Gals of Watsonville

  Watsonville garden aims to grow community, healthy food Neighbors and other community members work together to fill the 27 raised garden boxes installed next to River Park on Friday through a partnership of Mesa Verde Gardens and the city of Watsonville. (Shmuel Thaler — Santa Cruz Sentinel)  By Donna Jones, Santa Cruz Sentinel POSTED: 02/27/15, 4:29 [...]

Thanks for Great Coverage, Civil Eats

The Future Strawberry: Will the Loss of a Major Pesticide Help the Industry to Go Green? When it comes to growing strawberries, Farm Fuel, Inc., a Watsonville, California-based company, is on the cutting edge. The company grows wild and domesticated mustard and lightly processes the harvest into mustard meal, a soil amendment. They also work [...]

Bumper Crop in the Student Garden with Mustard Meal Donation

Report from Garden Advisor Jean Mahoney Our 6th, 7th and 8th grade students working in the Branciforte MiddleSchool Garden have used Pescadero Gold Mustard Meal with both our Spring and Fall Crops in 2014.  The addition of of Pescadero Gold has enhanced our  garden beds and helped us harvest bumper crops of tomatoes, popcorn, cilantro, and pole beans.  We noticed [...]

Ag Alert article describes fumigation alternatives

Strawberry growers rid soil of diseases Ag Alert is a publication of the California Farm Bureau Federation Issue Date: September 3, 2014 By Bob Johnson Jonathan Winslow, farm services manager for Farm Fuel Inc. of Watsonville, checks a field of strawberries that had undergone anaerobic soil disinfestation to rid the soil of disease pathogens. Photo/Bob [...]

What’s Growing in R&D Land?

On a farm very close to conventional raspberries and strawberries with some lettuce rotations thrown in, Farm Fuel Inc researchers have been conducting container trials to determine the best product blends for Farm Fuel Inc. Of course, it wouldn’t be a container trial, if it didn’t have something growing in the containers. The strawberries in [...]

Expert Panel Rocks the Dilemma

A panel of experts on California’s strawberry industry addressed a hardy crowd at Pie Ranch March 29. Given the downpour on Highway 1 that day, it was amazing we gathered these brave souls at all, but the pie was bountiful and the subject matter compelling. The point of the panel was to show the complexities [...]

Cultivating a Movement

      What do several pioneers of sustainable agriculture on California’s Central Coast and Farm Fuel Inc have in common? Wed, Dec 4, 6:30 pm at the Homeless Garden Project holiday store, you will have a chance to meet several organic farmers interviewed for the book Cultivating a Movement: Ken Kimes, Sandra Ward, and [...]

Mighty Big Results with Mustard Cover Crop

  What do members of giant pumpkin growers groups do after Halloween? Judging by message boards and online videos, they test their soil and plant cover crops like mustard seed to biofumigate their giant pumpkin beds. You can imagine how many nutrients a giant pumpkin uses to grow to almost a ton in size! According [...]

CA Dept of Pesticide Regulation Awards Major Grant to FFI

2013 DPR Alliance Grant Funded Project Facilitation of the Anaerobic Soil Disinfestation Pre-Plant Soil Treatment Amount Awarded: $247,850 Principal Investigator: Stefanie Bourcier, Farm Fuel, Inc., Watsonville, CA Project Media contact: Ellen Farmer, Farm Fuel Inc.:, 831.763.395 DPR Media contact: Charlotte Fadipe, DPR:, 916.445.3974 Summary: This project introduces conventional berry growers to a method [...]

Mustard Seed Cover Crop or Mustard Meal Pre-Plant?

That is the question of the season! How do you decide if you want to plant a cover crop of mustard seed on your farm or garden or prepare your soil with mustard meal? We asked a few farmer’s market and CSA growers for their opinions as they not only enjoy producing healthy vegetables, but [...]