THE BEGINNING:Good Humus Produce is a small family farm,
owned and run by Jeff and Annie Main. We farm 20 acres of certified
organic land in a little valley called the Hungry Hollow in Northern
California. We started farming in 1976 after we both graduated from UC
Davis and decided we wanted to live on the land and be self sufficient. The love of growing
food, living on the less traveled path and doing something meaningful
came from generations of strong-minded individuals. Cooperation,
communities, social change, food movement and land stewardship have been
our guiding beliefs in one form or
another since the 1970's.
FARM TO SCHOOL:During the last 10 years, we have been increasingly involved
with local school district lunch programs and farm to school
visits, and several summer programs emphasizing bioregional watershed
and farm awareness with inner city teens.
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HUMUS FAMILY:Our farm family includes our three children, Zachary,
Alison, and Claire, our dogs Molly and Bean, and uncountable cats. Our
Our farmhands team include folks who have been with us for many
years, as well as folks who spend a few seasons interning with us.
Francisco Montez has been with us since 1980 and has become a good
friend and comrade to us and the farm.
Our windbreaks and the golden rolling hills dominate our
landscape. In our eight 2 1/2 acre fields are mixed orchards, mixed
California native hedgerows, cover crops, annual and perennial herbs and
flowers and vegetables. With the knowledge handed down from our
parents and grandparents we also produce unique jams and jellies made
from our own fruit and herbs, dry tons of our fruit in the California
sun, and make wreaths from the dried herbs and flowers.
SELLING PRODUCE: We have been selling at the Davis Farmers Market, to
wholesalers in the Bay Area, and to the Davis and Sacramento Food Coops
since 1976. In 1993 we started our Community Supported Agriculture
program which has helped to continue our commitment to direct and local
PRESERVING GOOD HUMUS:We have been working to build from the ground up
a family farm that provides food for people in our community. We have
realized that if often takes lifetimes to developed a farm
infrastructure, the buildings and processes that characterize a mature,
viable farming unit. Through luck, help, and hard work we have been able
to do most of the work of creating such a farm, but much is still yet to
be accomplished. We are now in the process of permanently preserving
Good Humus Farm through an Agricultural Easement . This will facilitate
a future of not only ongoing stewardship and healthy local food
production, but also a commitment to community and place.