Dirty Girl Produce is a 40 acre certified organic family farm located in Santa Cruz County, Ca. They grow over 20 varieties of fruits and vegetables and sell produce to customers and restaurants at 10 farmer’s markets in Santa Cruz, Berkeley, and San Francisco.
Joe Schirmer along with 5 full-time and 20 seasonal workers.
The farm is split between two of the best growing areas of the Bay Area — Santa Cruz’s banana belt, where the weather is relatively hot and dry in the summer and La Selva Beach where there is a stronger coastal influence. This mild climate enables most Santa Cruz farmers to grow vegetables almost year round without having to worry about bolting in the summer and freezing in the winter. The river bed soil is some of the most fertile in Northern California.
Dirty Girl Produce is endowed with a deep, rich sandy loam that has the texture of chocolate cake. The addition of compost and manures (chicken, dairy, and horse), and the use of cover crops maintains soil fertility and porosity.
Overhead and drip irrigation.
Hoe and tractor cultivation, hand weeding, propane flame weeder.