Paul Holmes and Paul Underhill
Paul Holmes started the farm. Paul Underhill started working with him 15 years ago, and eventually became part owner. They began on one parcel of land. By poking around and by word of mouth, they found abandoned or forgotten orchards. The farm eventually expanded to its current size.
Chef Canales says Terra Firma is the workhorse/backbone of the Oliveto menu. They grow all the key staples for us: tomatoes, cabbage, beets, kale, eggplant, peppers, and spinach. They supply us with some of the best green garlic in the spring, and their melons in the summer are always exceptional.
There’s nothing they would rather do, and they are happy they found a way farm and make a profit, which is difficult to do in this day and age.
Paul Underhill thinks that CSA turns people into better cooks. Customers learn to experiment with products with which are unfamiliar.
They are not afraid to learn from their experiences and experiments. They try to stay flexible, and figure out what works.
Their employees work for them year-round. Their employees are happy and experienced, and they know what they are doing.
They grow year-round
Length of relationship with Oliveto
99 acres in Winters, Sacramento Valley
Berkeley Farmers’ Market on Thursday
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