Mello-dy Ranch

Type:Farmer
Phone:831-761-2130
Email:Dlou44@aol.com
People:

Al and Virginia Conde and Darlene and Michael Mora.

Bio:

Mello-dy ranch is a five-generation family farm operating in the Santa Cruz mountains. They grow apples, berries, squash, tomatoes, potatoes, apricots, beans, pears, persimmons, and much more. A large part of their harvest is sold at area farmers' markets along with jams, dried fruit and popcorn from the farm.

Land:

Over 50 acres in the foothills in Watsonville.

History:

Mello-Dy Ranch is a fifth generation apple farm, founded by the Traverse family in 1885 when they migrated to Watsonville from the Azores. Virginia Conde, grand-daughter of the founding family, lives on the original 75-acre piece of land with her husband Alfred who manages the farm with their son Steven. Virginia grew up on the farm and remembers when their apples were shipped to Los Angeles for distribution in wooden crates which would later be returned for re-use. During the fledgling years at the Downtown Santa Cruz Farmers' Market Virginia, her daughter Darlene and three grandchildren were all at market selling apples together. Three generations live on the farm now, sharing in the daily labors. Mello-Dy Ranch began the transition to organic farming one year ago and is excited to offer a healthier apple alongside a variety of tasty jams, eggs, tomatoes, berries, squash, peppers, beans and more. Visit their farmstand at the downtown Santa Cruz market or at the Monterey College, Cabrillo, and Menlo Park markets

Pest Management:

Mello-Dy uses copper and sulfur sprays and special pheromone traps to lure away harmful insects.

Water Use:

Drip tape and sprinklers.

Weed Control:

Mello-Dy uses hand and mechanical cultivation and cover crop rotation to eliminate weeds.