We are privileged to lease some of the most beautiful farmland in California. We take very seriously our responsibility for improving the land we farm. and for being good neighbors to the people, plants, and wildlife of the Coast. We farm in five different locations, each with a unique soil type and microclimate.
|Swanton Ranch: The Swanton Ranch is the
location for our U-pick strawberries opening
in May 2005. The property borders Highway
One, and is the site of our Farm Stand and
kitchen, various barns, a large shop, an
office, and buildings housing about twenty
employees. This ranch has a number of
interesting features, including a sand dune
populated with un-disturbed native species,
and a reservoir that is home to migratory
birds, newts, and numerous other creatures.
We lease only 40 acres of this large ranch,
because it has very little water available.
Coastways Ranch: This beautiful, historic
ranch is located along Highway One, just
across from Año Nuevo State Park, home of
the Elephant Seals. Coastways is the site of
our U-Pick olallieberries, and kiwis. We have been farming it organically since we leased it
in December, 2003; it is now Certified Organic
as of 2007. Coastways Ranch is owned
by the Hudson family. We are fortunate to
have two members of the family, Tim
Hudson and Martin Bradley, working with us
as part of the Swanton Berry Farm family.
Wilder Ranch: This ranch is located within
Wilder Ranch State Park. We have farmed
here for ten years, and are growing our
second rotation of strawberries, which
amazingly, have grown better than the first
round. We have plenty of (expensive) city
water, and have drawn most of our
production from these fields in recent years.
It has been a pleasure to work with the Park
Service over the years to integrate farming
with the public’s enjoyment of this important resource.
Davenport Field: The Davenport field
and Swanton Ranch will soon be owned
by the Farm Bureau's non-profit 'Agri-
Culture'. Our neighbors in Davenport
were very pleased when we leased the
land and ended the previous farmer’s
practice of spraying toxic chemicals
nearby. We plant only a small portion
of the land annually (two of twelve acres)
because the water is high in dissolved
salts that would accumulate and harm
the soil if we planted and irrigated the
whole field every year.
Laguna Ranch: This ranch is owned
by David and Stephanie Mills, who
have graciously donated all the rent
proceeds to the UCSC Farm and
Garden. It has spectacular views of
the Monterey Bay and produces great strawberries. We happily share the
view with several families of bobcats,
who fan out across the field to help
with gopher patrol.
Swanton Berry Farm, P.O. Box 308, Davenport, CA 95017 | (831)469-8804 | Web Design: Dov Bock © 2005