Santa Cruz Farms is owned by Toby Kline and grows and sells exclusively in Santa Cruz County. The farm celebrates the beauty, the joy, and the community that small scale agriculture allows.
Santa Cruz Farms is about four acres in total with growing done at two locations. One is on an 80 acre ranch just north of SC on HWY 1.
The other piece is in lower Bonny Doon. Having two pieces is not ideal, though they are quite different and both very beautiful. They are very complimetry as one is warmer and more protected and the other more coastal. A goal is to get both pieces into a more perennial system.
At both sites they have a rich clay/silty loam which is good to start with. Cover cropping and green manures help with erosion, replenish fertility and add organic matter to the soil. They also apply composted horse manure and during the season they fertilize through irrigation lines with whatever is needed. Always "organic"
Both sites have wells, pumps and big storage tanks. Luckily the gardens are down hill from the tanks so they have great gravity pressure which keeps things simple. There are always "water issues" so they must monitor usage and keep it as conservative as possible. Mostly, they use drip tape which puts the water right where its needed. Every drop counts!
Lot of hand weeding (with hoes)and mulching. Plastic and organic materials.