Fresh, Local Food Part of a Growing Movement at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital

December 14, 2017

As a Registered Nurse at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital (SNMH), Erin Berquist believes that everyone deserves to be happy and healthy. With support from Sierra Harvest, she is leading the Green Team at the hospital to make some big changes in the hospital’s food ecosystem to increase happiness and health among hospital employees and patients…. read more


Winter inspiration- Persimmons

December 8, 2017

There is something so special about seasonal fruit in the wintertime. Long gone are the peaches of summer, juicy melons are a distant memory.  Even the pears and the apples have been under storage for a few months.  And then, there’s the mighty persimmon!  Much tougher than citrus (the other star of winter produce), persimmons… read more


New Leadership for Sierra Harvest’s Farm to School Program

November 20, 2017

After six years of leading Sierra Harvest’s Farm to School program, “Farmer Amanda” aka Amanda Thibodeau is stepping down to spend more time with her family and her own family farm – Super Tuber. Marisha Finkler will be taking her place as Sierra Harvest’s new Farm to School Director. “As I reflect on how far… read more


The nostalgia of broccoli

November 7, 2017

I’ve been coordinating the Harvest of the Month program for a long time now, just about 6 years.  Starting with 7 schools and eventually expanding to 21 elementary and middle schools, 4 high schools and now the hospital- the program has become an entity unto itself.  I’ve overseen 40 different pickups of local and regional… read more


The Lucky Eight!

October 26, 2017

Eight local Nevada County farmers who sell directly to BriarPatch Food Co-op are the lucky recipients of an incredible scholarship to attend this year’s 38th annual EcoFarm Conference, the oldest and largest organic farming conference in the West.  It is a prime networking and educational hub for farmers, ranchers, distributors, retailers, activists, researchers, and educators. The… read more


May I Have Seconds Please?

October 25, 2017

“I wish I had 10,000 hands so I could raise them to tell you how much I love the squash,” stated Aubrey, a first grader at Union Hill Elementary School as she munched on her Squashamole dip that she prepared and shmeared onto the cracker all by herself. Four first grade classes of students smashed… read more


The Last Taste of Summer: Fresh, organic peppers in the classroom and in school lunch!

October 11, 2017

October has arrived!  The first day of school is a distant memory.  As the days get shorter and the leaves begin to turn, we seasonal eaters are busy eating the last of the hot weather crops.  Once ubiquitous, zucchini is now a scarce commodity.  At the Food Love Farm, cool nights have already brought a… read more


Farm Crew 2018 Now Accepting Applications!

September 27, 2017

Would you like to spend the 2018 growing season working alongside a farmer in Nevada County?  Apply now for Farm Crew 2018!  This exciting training program is launching its second season and we have a great line up of potential host farms ready to help train the next generation of farmers.  Farm Crew members work… read more


It’s an Asian Pear Bonanza!

September 19, 2017

Ah September, how we’ve missed you!  Yes, summer is great and all- but by September we’re ready for something different.  Some cooling breezes, some changing leaves.  Something fresh, crunchy and quintessentially fall.  Something like an Asian pear… In case it wasn’t obvious, Asian pears are September’s featured produce item for the Harvest of the Month! … read more


Celebrating the Heroes of Sierra Harvest!

September 7, 2017

The 3rd Annual Volunteer Celebration and Farm Potluck at the Food Love Farm on August 17th was an extraordinary evening filled with delightful live music, a bountiful shared meal including roasted veggies from the farm, tours of the garden, chair massages, lively conversations amidst the towering flowers while more than 100 guests celebrated our 10th… read more