Animalitos Farm – Profile

Established 1990

Owners

Susan Stover & Tony Sadoti (see also Terra Sonoma Distribution)

The farm started 20 years ago growing intensely planted specialty vegetable crops on three acres. They switched to fruit trees (350) in 2002 to try a different agricultural path. Susan says, “It’s nice to work with the Oliveto staff because they are appreciative of what we do.”

Seasons

March – September

Principles

Putting to use the cleared acres where they live full time. It is a good area for growing fruit and deserves to be utilized.

Challenges

Water in West Sonoma County can be scarce. There is also a strong ocean influence, and the fog it produces limits the varieties that are able to grow in the area.

Technology

Some high weed mowing, discing

Length of relationship with Oliveto

20 years

Location

9 acres in Sebastopol, CA

Crops

Fruit trees: plums, pears, pluots, prunes

Secondary crops: herbs, mixed perennials

Distribution

Sell through Terra Sonoma, the distribution company they run which helps small Sonoma County farmers connect with customers (see profile).

Future Plans

To continue nurturing the fruit trees and perhaps plant some more.