and Annie Main are both fourth-generation Californians with a family
history in agriculture.
We started farming in 1976 after graduating from UC Davis where Jeff
graduated with a Civil Engineering degree and Annie graduated with a
Bachelor of Science in Renewable Natural Resources.
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.
OUR ROOTS ON THE FARM
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’s Yolo County. The other members of our farm
family are our three children, Zachary, Alison, and Claire, who help
out as much as
Montez has been with us since 1980 and this farm is his creation as
well as ours. (We're happy to announce that Francisco recently
became an American citizen, felicitaciones!)
We have a team of employees who help us during the ups and downs of
the seasonal harvest.
The farming season in the Central Valley of California is year
round. It is truly a paradise, where an abundance of food is
produced. The summer season begins around the first of June and will
continue through the first frost around November or December, but
with the mild winters, we are able to produce fruits and vegetables
through all year.
family farm started on a fallow milo field and we have been
literally been building from the ground up to provide food for
people in our community. After years of planting and growing, our
native hedgerow windbreak and the golden rolling hills dominate our
We have broken our fields into eights sets of 2.5 acre fields that
contain mixed fruit orchards, framed by 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 from our own fruit and herbs,
dry tons of our fruit in the California sun, and make wreaths from
the dried herbs and flowers.
From the beginning we have been dedicated to growing food
organically, learning to care
take the land, and with this we have created a very diverse
cropping, a rich habitat
for native species, and the base for a viable family farm.
Since 1976 we at Good Humus have been selling organically grown food
to a highly supportive
group of people at the Davis Food Coop, the Davis Farmer's Market
and the Sacramento
Natural Food Coop.
Starting in 1993 we began providing food for consumers in Davis,
and now, San Francisco through our Community Supported Agriculture
(CSA) weekly subscription box program.
the development of the CSA came the realization for more education
of what is happening on the farm, in agriculture and the need for
people to become aware of the food they eat. We became increasingly
involved with local school district's lunch programs and
farm-to-school visits, hosting spring visits to elementary
In 2001 we opened our farm to a summer program emphasizing regional
environmental awareness for inner city school students to learn
about the roll farms play in the use of water in our state.