Sierra Harvest Farm Partners
Sierra Harvest partners with the following non-profit organizations to help support local farmers find long-term leases on agricultural lands. You can also read more about our partner farms and affiliated farms in Nevada County.
Bear Yuba Land Trust
Bear Yuba Land Trust (BYLT) is a private, non-profit, membership-supported organization that works to promote voluntary conservation of the region’s natural, historical and agricultural legacy. Currently, BYLT has conserved 10,000 acres of forest, meadow and farmland, including the creation of 10 new preserves and has built more than 35 miles of trails. Since 2010, the Land Trust has donated space at their Burton Homestead property for Sierra Harvest’s primary education site, The Food Love Project, where over 600 children receive garden-nutrition education every year. The Land Trust is also working collaboratively with Sierra Harvest on their “Land for Farms” initiative. Read more about BYLT.
California FarmLink works to link independent farmers and ranchers to the land and financing they need for a sustainable future. Since 1999, FarmLink has helped more than 1,500 beginning, limited-resource, immigrant, and underserved farmers start and grow successful farm businesses through two key programs: Access to Land and Access to Capital. FarmLink hosts one of the nation’s most comprehensive farmland linking services, and provides crucial funding to small-scale growers through its innovative farmer-friendly loan program. Read more about California FarmLink.
Sierra Harvest Affliated Farms have been established through special partnerships between Sierra Harvest and local land-owners who want to host an ecological farm. It’s a great way to provide access to land for aspiring and established farmers so they can build their business and contribute to our local food economy. These farms also create beautiful and abundant edible landscapes in our local neighborhoods.
Misty Meadow Farm is run by the Soil Sister’s women’s collective. Just 2 miles from Nevada City on the way to Purdon Crossing is Misty Meadows. Established in 2008, this beautiful acre and a half piece of land is generously shared by Wendy and Corbett who enjoy looking out at the farm and the potluck community gatherings through out the summer. A cool misty meadow, with gravity-fed irrigation water, makes this an ideal climate for cool summer crops such as kale, cabbage, chard, and salad mix.
Bluebird Farm is located 1.5 miles from Nevada City on Cement Hill Road, and was established in 2004. It was named after the Western Bluebirds nesting around the farm. Property partners Dale and Diane love having the farm community and its energy on their property. A total of 1.5 acres are in cultivation at this unique site which has a light soil and a relatively warm micro-climate that is very conducive to summer vegetables. The farm has a chicken coop and fenced chicken runs through out the various fields used to manage pastured poultry and spring lambs.
Wet Hill Farm is located on Wet Hill Road, between North Bloomfield and Cement Hill Road (behind the government center). Combining the properties of two neighbors, Alan and Ed, Wet Hill Farm is a half-mile from Nevada City and was Established in 2008. Alan’s property provides a one-third acre plot that has been used by several young farmers and farm interns over the years.
Willow Creek Farm was established in 2009, about one mile from Nevada City, off Lewis Road. This property is shared by Stephen and Kriseda, who share our excitement with agriculture. This is a south-sloping, one and a half acre piece of land and was once the farm used by the old Nevada City Hospital. This farm has been cultivated by several beginning farmers and farm interns over the years.
Harmony Valley Farm is located at the intersection of Lewis, Genasci & Jacks Roads in Nevada City. Harmony Valley Farm was established in early 2010. Our vision for this site is not only great farming, but also a place for community education. Land-owners Brian and Mary Ekiss are delighted with the transformation of their open land into a beautiful, edible landscape.
Sierra Harvest Farm Partners are a cornerstone of our Farm to School Program. They provide fresh produce for school carts, host farm field trips, and make school visits to help educate our kids about the importance of local food and local farmers. We couldn’t do our work with out them!
AM Ranch, Michael Shapiro
Backbraken Acres, Mary Walker
Blue Bird Farm (see above) , Tom and Renee Wade
Dinner Bell Farm, Molly Nakahara and Paul Glowaski
The Food Love Project, Amanda Thibideau and Katie Turner
First Rain Farm, Tim Van Wagner
Foothill Roots Farm, Patrick and Diane Bollinger
Indian Springs Farm, The Pasner Family
Mountain Bounty Farm, John Tecklin
Riverhill Farm, Alan Haight and Jo McProud
Soil Sisters, Willow Hein and Maisie Ganz
Starbright Acres Farm, Ken and Aleta Barrett
Super Tuber Farm, Jeremy Mineau
Sweet Roots Farm, Robbie and Deena
The Woolman School, Maggie McProud