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The Foggy Farmers
We (Lynda and Emmett) are the farmers behind the Foggy River Farm market stand...and the CSA stand...and the milk stand...and, well--you get the idea. We began our portion of the family farm in 2008, growing about an acre's worth of vegetables to bring to the Healdsburg and Windsor farmer's markets. Soon we had a brooder full of chicks, which led to a pasture full of sheep and goats, and then there was no turning back!
In 2009, we began our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, which is now the heart and soul of the farm. We love it dearly, and are thankful for all of our CSA members who make the farm so much stronger--not to mention keep us company every Wednesday!
Our plan is to move towards a "whole diet" farm that can provide all the necessary ingredients for a balanced diet-- vegetables, fruits, grains, beans, meat and even oil. We started by establishing a diverse vegetable repetoire, and a flock of free-ranging laying hens. We have also planted an orchard, and recently added barley, oats, and wheat to our fields. Over the last four years, we've built up a dozen heirloom bean varieties. We have raised Thanksgiving turkeys, and our next project is to trial broiler chickens and meat rabbits in movable grazing pens. After that we have to get our bee hives back up and running. And then we'll tap the wild Black Walnut trees and boil them down for syrup! (at least in our dreams)
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Emmett grew up on the same property where we now live and raise our vegetables and livestock. His grandparents moved to the property in the 1950s, and his father (Bob) grew up picking prunes and pears. For decades, Bob and Toni have grown wine grapes on the fertile floodplain soil--and the vineyards and vegetables today grow side by side.
Lynda grew up in San Diego, then moved northward for college. Lynda studied creative writing and journalism, and we both studied Earth Systems (aka interdisciplinary environmental sciences.) Lynda focuses her energies on the animal side of the farm, while Emmett takes care of the vegetables. In 2010, we celebrated our wedding on the farm! In 2011, Sasquatch Books published Lynda's book about Foggy River's first year of farming adventures. And in 2012, we welcomed little farmer Gillian into the world. She has become an expert bean sorter and puddle splasher.