Frog Hollow Farm

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Type:Farmer
Owner:Farmer Al Courchesne, wife Rebecca Courchesne, and Sarah Coddington
Phone:888-779-4511, 925-634-2845
Email:peaches@froghollow.com
Contact: P.O. Box 2110
Brentwood, CA  94513
Website:http://www.froghollow.com
Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/FrogHollowFarm
People:Farmer Al Courchesne; business partner, co-owner and wife Rebecca Courchesne; and co-owner Sarah Coddington along with 20 full-time and 20 seasonal employees.
Bio:Frog Hollow Farm is a thriving 133-acre organic farm located in Brentwood, California. The farm is home to hundreds of trees which produce peaches, nectarines, cherries, apricots, apriums, plums, pluots, Asian and European pears, olives, persimmons, quince, apples and more.
Land:133 acres in Brentwood
History:Al Courchesne, or "Farmer Al," as he likes to be called, grew up in the Bay Area and graduated from UC Berkeley. After a ten-year career in Hawaii as a school teacher, a friend convinced him to become a farmer. After two years of growing lettuce and tomatoes, he decided to move back to California and try his hand at farming closer to home. In 1976 he purchased 13 acres in Brentwood and planted peaches because they are his favorite fruit. From the beginning his goal was to grow great-tasting fruit and to market it locally.
In 1989 Farmer Al decided to go organic and change the farm name to Frog Hollow Farm. Over the years, Frog Hollow has expanded from its original 13- acre parcel to a thriving 130-acre farm. Farmer Al, Becky, Sarah and Sarah's partner, Michael Turner, work together for a common goal: sharing the bounty of the harvest with loyal customers in the Bay Area and around the country.
Pest Management:Beneficial insects, pheromone disruption, reliance on good soil.
Soil:Deep clay loam is built with compost, limestone dust, kelp, gypsum, and fish emulsion.
Water Use:Irrigate with micro-sprinklers.
Weed Control:Mechanical and hand cultivation
Credits:*Originally published by CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture)