| Welcome to Yellow Wall Farm.
We are a small family farm, located in a secluded fertile valley
along the San Lorenzo River in Santa Cruz. We purchased this blessed
property in 1998 and began planting cover crops and pruning the
orchard. We were both busy with our first careers so were not able
to devote our full attention to the farm. Each year we experimented
with our land. One year in celebration of Allen’s daughter,
Faith’s, wedding we planted 8,000 sunflowers – all
at the same time — so it would be spectacular for her rehearsal
dinner. Spring was very cool that year and lasted longer than usual.
The flowers bloomed the week after the dinner, and yes, it was
spectacular. That lovely yellow wall of sunflowers inspired the
name of our farm.
The land has been organically farmed for many years. Prior to our
owning the land, it was farmed by several local organic farmers.
We continued organic farming practices and were certified in 2004.
We began farming more and spending less time on our off-farms jobs
in 2007. We are currently certified by CCOF.
Our farm is just under three acres. The orchard is comprised of many
heirloom apple trees that are approximately thirty years old, as well
as some younger trees that we have planted. Tree varieties include:
peach, apple, asian pear, pear, persimmon, avocado and kiwi, lemon,
lime, orange, and blood orange. Our summer field crops include:
tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, beets, kale, chard, broccoli,
eggplant, sunflowers, summer and winter squash, pumpkins, decorative
gourds, and loads of beautiful flowers.
We also sell to several local restaurants and markets. In the summer of 2011, we
opened a farm stand, where you will find us on Saturday mornings from August through November. Stay tuned to our Facebook page for
We are committed to agricultural conservation and excellence in
quality produce. Our criteria for excellence includes, flavor,
color, smell, feel and taste. In our quest for excellence and preservation
of high quality food, we grow several varieties from the Slow
Food Ark of Taste. Preservation of our local food system and heritage
varieties is a large part of why we farm. And of course it is deeply
satisfying work to feed people good food from good land.
Thank you for your interest in our farm and our work.
Allen and Judy
Farmers and Owners