Farm Tours

A local favorite! These fun and engaging tours allow community members to meet our local farmers and see first-hand how they farm and what products they offer in our beautiful agricultural landscape here in the Sierra Foothills.   

farm tour at First Rain Farm 2019
Tim Van Wagner giving a tour of his farm, First Rain Farm

2022 Farm Tour Schedule

Daytime tours are in red with a focus on how local businesses can purchase directly from the host farm.  The public is invited to attend all of the tours. Ticket info below.

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Thurs. June 2, 6-7:30PM  MushBarn  Stephanie Manara and Dylan Lynch

The tour includes a mushroom fruiting greenhouse, outdoor mushrooms patch, indoor laboratory, indoor fruiting room and spawn rooms with an informative breakdown of preferred mushroom climate and how to create this microclimate where you may live. Walk through the mushroom patch displaying low tech outdoor mushroom cultivation techniques. Raw material processing area. Also a peek into the indoor lab/fruiting room and spawn room.

They will have fresh mushrooms, grow your own mushroom kits, inoculated grain/saw dust grow bags, mushroom compost, tinctures, powders and mushroom jerky for purchase.

Tues. June 14, 10-11:30AM  Starbright Acres Family Farm  Ken and Aleta Barrett

starbright acres family farm crew 2022Starbright Acres Family Farm produces certified organic nutritious, delicious, planet friendly food for our local community. They also support our local food network by hosting field trips, getting involved with local schools & agricultural programs, selling vegetable starts, and sharing farming knowledge with community members. The Starbright Farm Stand will be open and folks will be able to purchase early season produce and can join the CSA program which includes a donation to the charitable organization of their choice.

Tues. July 19, 10-11:30AM  Feeding Crane Farm  Antonio Garza and Daylin Wade

feeding crane farm - photo by laura petersonFeeding Crane Farm is family farm project growing a wide array of vegetables at 1,400 feet in the Sierra foothills. They strive to grow their produce in a manner that maximizes nutrition for people while improving the health of the ecosystem in which they farm and providing a secure livelihood for them and the people who work with them. They use an evolving array of organic practices to build soil, increase productivity, and increase the nutrient density of our produce.  You will be able to sample some of the produce along with purchasing various types of the tomatoes, melons and cucumbers that they grow. (Photo by Laura Peterson)

Tues. August 16, 10-11:30AM  Mountain Bounty Farm  John Tecklin (Owner), Maia Lipkin, Jake Benedict, Cory Jones, and Grace Debbeler (Management)

mountain bounty farm crew 2022Mountain Bounty is a 50-acre organic family farm located on the San Juan Ridge near Nevada City, California. They are the oldest and largest CSA farm in the Sierras. They provide weekly boxes of delicious, fresh produce year-round to their members throughout Nevada County. John Tecklin started Mountain Bounty Farm in 1997. Since then, Mountain Bounty has become an increasingly collaborative effort, with a team of farmers working together. You can find Mountain Bounty produce at the Nevada City and North San Juan Farmers Markets, BriarPatch Food Co-op, Mother Truckers, and California Organics. CSA shares will be available for purchase.

Thurs. September 1, 5:30-7:30PM  Bluebird Farm  Malaika Bishop

Bluebird Farm Crew 2022Located in Nevada City, CA, Bluebird Farm specializes in high quality, nutrient dense, greens, culinary herbs and fresh seasonal flowers. They are dedicated to using sustainable growing methods to enhance the health of our land, build rich soil and provide the most delicious and beautiful food and flowers possible. See the transformation from a burned down farm site a year and a half ago, to a rebuilt functioning veggie farm! You will be able to purchase plants, greens, flowers and sign up for a CSA.

Bring your own dinner picnic, and a chair to hang out and enjoy a meal on this beautiful farm after the tour is over from 7-7:30PM.

Thurs. September 29, 5-6:30PM  Super Tuber Jeremy Mineau & Bierwagen Pumpkin Patch and Farm  Amy and Kevin Pharis

super tuber farm crew 2022Super Tuber Farm aims to produce the tastiest, high quality Organic produce in a manner that enriches the soil in which it is grown, the hands of those who grow it, and the bellies of those who eat it. They grow Super Tubers (potatoes), killer carrots and some of the sweetest cabbage and beets you have ever tasted on 12 certified acres in beautiful Chicago Park. All of their produce will be for sale at the Pumpkin Patch Farm Stand.

Every October the Bierwagen Pumpkin Patch and Farm open the gates for our community to experience a day at the farm.  Families can pick a pumpkin in the patch, see farm animals, pick apples in the orchard and enjoy fresh pressed apple cider. The farm stand is packed with fresh produce, homegrown meat and eggs, homemade jam, local honey and more.  Bierwagen’s Donner Trail Fruit is a family farming tradition since 1902!

Ticket Prices & Information

$10/person 

Children 12 and under are free and you do not need to register them.

$5/ticket for folks on limited income. 

Depending on unhealthy smoke levels, a tour may be postponed or canceled and you will be notified via email and phone at least 2 hours prior to the event.

Farmers! Would you like to host one of our tours? Contact Miriam Limov at miriam@sierraharvest.org.