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.
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.
Thurs. June 2, 6-7:30PM MushBarn Stephanie Manara and Dylan Lynch – SOLD OUT
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 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.
Thurs. July 7, 6-7:30PM Brinkman Family Ranching Mira and Aaron Brinkman and Julie Fagan and John Westlake (South County – Grass Valley)
Brinkman Family Ranching has been made possible with the support of Sierra Harvest and its Land Match Program. We were connected with, and ultimately found a home and shared vision with Tierra Vida Ranch in southern Nevada County amidst rolling hills and oak trees. How much food can 50 acres produce using regenerative practices? They want to find out. John and Julie have been on the land for almost two decades now and produce almonds, eggs, broilers and a variety of different fruit depending on the season.
Aaron and Mira are beginning ranchers and this is their first season running sheep (plus 1 llama) in a rotational grazing system completely on pasture. The tour will include watching sheep as they get moved, learn about mobile chickens, irrigating pastures and llamas as livestock guardian animals. There will be eggs and pre-ordered lamb for sale.
Tues. July 19, 10-11:30AM Feeding Crane Farm Antonio Garza and Daylin Wade (Penn Valley)
Feeding 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) (North San Juan)
Mountain 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 (Nevada City)
Located 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 Chris Bierwagen (Chicago Park)
Super 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 and see farm animals! The farm stand is packed with fresh produce, homegrown meat and eggs, homemade jam, local honey and more. Bierwagens Donner Trail Fruit is a family farming tradition since 1902! Meet the Bierwagen Family! They will be open in October Tuesday through Sunday from 10am-5pm.
Ticket Prices & Information
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
or Livia Keene at email@example.com.