Wildfire Relief Resources for Local Farms

University of California Hopland Research & Extension Center Fire Recovery Resources

As our County and those surrounding begin to recover from recent wildfires these resources may be of use:

Center for Fire Research and Outreach

Fire Recovery in California’s Oak Woodlands

Grassland Restoration

USDA Assistance for Fire Affected Ag. producers in Lake and Mendocino 

The Mendocino Local Assistance Center is now open until October 30th. This is a multi-agency support center providing assistance to residents affected by the Redwood fire. 

Here at HREC we are working to support recovery by:

  • Developing workshops with information to support agricultural and wildland regeneration efforts.
  • Developing a bank of acorns to assist with post fire oak regeneration efforts.
  • Supporting fundraising efforts for fire recovery.

If you have questions or suggestions regarding these efforts please contact Hannah Bird at hbird@ucanr.edu or call (707) 744 1424 ext 105.

USDA Disaster Resources for Farmers, Ranchers, and Communities

The USDA reference guide includes resources available in all of the following areas:

Technical Assistance
Disaster Payments for Agricultural Losses
Loans/Credit
Insurance & Risk Management
Conservation and Land Management
Household & Community Water Supplies

 

Good Farm Fund presents the Inaugural Mendocino County Homebrew Fest! November 4, 2017 | Ukiah

We have partnered with Visit Mendocino County and our beer geek friends to introduce an exciting new event, the Inaugural Mendocino County Homebrew Festival!  This new addition to the Mendocino Mushroom, Wine and Beer Festival is set for November 4th, 2017 at the Ukiah Valley Conference Center.

The afternoon will feature brewers from several clubs in Lake and Mendocino Counties and also from around Northern CA competing to become the people’s choice winner.  The event is also open to ciders, mead and other fermented beverages including kombucha & jun. Local Farm-to-table food will be available for purchase.

The festival will include both a People’s Choice award and Brewer’s Choice panel winner.

All proceeds go to support Good Farm Fund, which makes fresh local food available to lower income community members by funding the SNAP/food stamp Market Match program at farmers markets and provides strategic economic development grants to Lake and Mendocino County small farms. Farm to table food provided by the Mendocino College Culinary Arts Program will be available for purchase.

Get all the details at the >> Mendocino County Home Brew Fest website.

If you are a home brewer, >> sign up now to be in the competition. If you know someone who makes great beer, encourage them to get signed up! Deadline for entry is October 4th.

If you like beer and fun >> get your tickets here.

If you would like an opportunity to promote your business by joining our >> fine cast of sponsors  email us at goodfarmfund@gmail.com to find out about our sponsorship packages.

EVENT SPONSORS:

Ukiah Brewing Company, The Big Chief of Laytonville, Visit Mendocino, Westside Renaissance Market, Saucy, Beer Belly Fermentation Supply, Riley’s Cab (which will be providing attendees with free cab service within a 10 mile radius of the event), KWINE, KMAX and KZYX

Unique Farm to Table Dinner to Support Local Farmers

3rd Annual Farm to Table Benefit Dinner

Get your tickets now!

Enjoy gourmet food from over 20 of the best chefs in Lake and Mendocino Counties at the Third Annual Farm to Table Benefit Dinner on Tuesday June 13, from 6-9 pm at Yokayo Ranch. During this open-air celebration guests will enjoy live music and seasonal small plates. This unique event pairs farmers with chefs, and together they present inspired dishes designed to excite the pallet while showcasing exceptional, locally grown produce. Local beer and wine plus specialty Summer Solstice inspired cocktails courtesy of American Craft Whisky Distillery, are included.

Set against the backdrop of Yokayo Ranch, a 40-acre hillside ranch built in the 1920’s, guests will be delighted by the natural beauty of this spectacular country setting. The evening’s program will also include a farm tour of Yokayo Roots Farm, a keynote speaker, farmer success stories, and a live auction.

Farmers, restaurant owners, and chefs, are already preparing menu combinations for this year’s guests.  Julia Kendrick Conway, chef and proprietor of Assaggiare Mendocino adds:

Last year’s event was delightful, truly one-of-a-kind. It’s rewarding to be involved in an event that celebrates delicious, fresh, locally grown food. We’re excited to team up with another farm this year to create a new, seasonally inspired dish.

Designed to bring together the entire food system is one experience; all event proceeds support the Good Farm Fund’s Farm Grant Program, which funds food stamp doubling at farmer’s markets and works to support and grow small, local food farms by funding capacity-building projects like greenhouses, farmstands, equipment, and fencing. Applications are reviewed by the Good Farm Fund Board and any farmer residing in Lake or Mendocino County may apply.

In 2016, the Farm Grant Program awarded $20,000 to 14 local food farms.  Anderson Valley Community Farm, one of the largest grant recipients, was awarded $3300 to build a farmstand to use as a CSA pickup location with products such as jams, pickles, olives and soap. Grant funds were also used to gravel the driveway, making it more accessible to the public.

Tickets for the Third Annual Summer Solstice Farm to Table Benefit Dinner are on sale now. Pre-registration is $100 per person or $125 at the event. Purchase online at goodfarmfund.org, or at the following Ukiah establishments: JD Redhouse & Co, Mendocino Book Co, Ukiah Natural Foods Co-op and Westside Renaissance Market. For a complete list of farmers and chefs, or to learn more about the Good Farm Fund Grant program, please visit goodfarmfund.org

Chefs & Restaurants

Assagiare Mendocio, Bewildered Pig, Black Dog Farm & Catering, Black Oak Coffee, Boonville General Store, Byram’s Bread, Caring Kitchen, Chop Chop, Cucina Verona, Elevensies, Elizabeth Archer, Fairall Farm, GG’s Cookies, Kemmy’s Pies, Mendocino College, Pacific Plate, Pennyroyal Farmstead Cheese, Rachel Britten, Saucy, Schat’s, Tango Foods, Taste buds, Trillium Cafe, Wholly Bowl, Wild Fish, Zocalo Collective

Farmers & Producers

Anderson Valley Community Farm, Carson and Bees, Cerro Negro, Cinnamon Bear Farm, Covelo Organic, Ecology Action, Feriera Forest Farm, Floodgate Farm, Fortunate Farm, Green Uprising Farm, Irene’s Garden, Love Farm, Mendocino Grain Project, Mendocino Lavender, Mossy Falls Farm, North Coast Brewing Company, Noyo Fish Company, Nye Ranch, Oak Granary, Oz Farm, Parducci Vineyard, Potter Valley Unconventional Agriculture, Princess Seafood, School of Adaptive Agriculture, Seely Farm Stand, Shamrock Chevre, Sister’s Ridge, Tequio Farm, Yokayo Roots Farm

Lodging

Guests may lodge at Yokayo Ranch. Two large houses and two cabanas, sleeping 20+ people, are available. Each house is historically decorated, while providing all the amenities of modern life. The houses surround lawns, covered patios, a pool, and an outdoor kitchen.

Enjoy all the fun without worrying about traveling! Everything is set up to make your night a breeze. Book your room in advance by emailing goodfarmfund@gmail.com. Rooms are $100 per night.

Sponsors

The Good Farm Fund is supported by various sponsors. Foundation sponsors support the grant program and include Adventist Health Ukiah Valley, Frey Vineyards, and Ukiah Natural Foods Co-op. The 2017 event sponsors are American Craft Whiskey, Cold Creek Compost, KZYZ, Mendo Lake Food Hub, Mendocino Winegrowers, North Coast Brewing Company, North Coast Opportunities, Parducci, Savings Bank of Mendocino County, Surf Market, and Thompson Party Rentals. Hospice Services of Lake County Thrift Stores, along with Mendocino County thrift stores, provided a silverware donation. This event was also supported by the West Region Economic Opportunity Grants Program provided by Wells Fargo.

While each sponsor is vital to the Good Farm Fund, sponsors like the Mendo Lake Food hub specifically work to strengthen the restaurant-farmer relationship by providing an efficient, local produce ordering and distribution system all year long.”

Learn more about our foundation sponsors and event sponsors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3rd Annual Farm to Table Benefit Dinner

Get your tickets for the 3rd Annual Farm to Table Benefit Dinner here!

Tickets also available at JD Redhouse & Co, Mendocino Book Co, Ukiah Natural Foods Co-op and Westside Renaissance Market

Tuesday, June 13: 6– 9:00 pm
Yokayo Roots Farm Tour: 6:15

Dinner served: 6:30, drinks included
Yokayo Ranch | 800 Hensley Creek Rd, Ukiah, CA
$100 in advance | $125 at event

Featuring live acoustic music by Jason Wright and specialty summer inspired cocktails by American Craft Distillery Whiskey.

Get your tickets, mark your calendar, and join us on Tuesday, June 13 for a one-of-a-kind experience designed to unite the entire food system in one evening. This is the only event that pairs the best chefs with the best farmers from both Lake and Mendocino Counties. Together, our chef/farmer teams create seasonally inspired small plates to delight and inspire you, while showcasing exceptional, locally grown produce.

For lodging information, a full list of chefs and farmers, and all the details visit our media page

Thank you to our event sponsors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Silverware donations provided by Hospice Services of Lake County Thrift Stores and Mendocino County Thrift Stores.

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Good Farm Fund awards grants to 14 Mendocino County farms

by Erick O’Donnell, Ukiah Daily Journal 12/23/16

The Good Farm Fund, an agricultural grant program sponsored by North Coast Opportunities, awarded $20,000 worth of grants this week to 14 small farms throughout Mendocino County.

The grants will fund small infrastructure projects that will allow farmers to increase food production and, hence, revenue and profit, helping them to overcome steep economic obstacles on their way to self-sufficiency, said Caroline Radice, who sits on the program’s steering and grant committees.

With high land prices, farmers face a high barrier to entry, and the cost of investing in capacity-building projects can further impede the ability of small farmers to establish themselves in the capital-intensive business of agriculture, she said.

The Good Farm Fund will fully bankroll some projects and partially fund others, with matching grants or financing from other sources, she said.  Members of the grant committee were reluctant to let any projects go without financial support, so they decided to spread funds over as many projects as they could while ensuring other funding sources would cover the shortfalls, ultimately approving grants for 14 out of the 16 projects, she said.

Fortunate Farm in Caspar will get $3,000 for a new, larger greenhouse, a piece of infrastructure that that can dramatically increase a farm’s yield and which farmers have shown more interest in this season, Radice said. The farm is participating in the Food Hub, another NCO project that helps farmers sell to a local wholesale market, and a larger greenhouse will enable it to meet its production goals and satisfy retailer demand through that network, she said.

Cinnamon Bear Farm in Ukiah will get $1,242 for a low-tunnel hoop house, a long, cylindrical, transparent structure that works like a greenhouse but is placed over a row of crops in a field. That piece of equipment will allow the farm to grow a greater variety of crops earlier and later in the season, she said.

Carson & Bees, which tends hives of honey bees throughout the county, will use its $1,500 award to buy honeycomb frames and use them to divide its growing hives, establishing new colonies. The hives produce honey and are also used by other farmers to pollinate their pear and apple orchards.

The project submitted by Russian Creek Farms is an excellent example of beneficial community impact, one of several criteria used by the grant committee to evaluate applications, Radice said. Owner Ben Wolff supplies the corner store with fresh produce, creating an oasis in the “food desert” of Potter Valley, which lacks a grocery store, she said.

Russian Creek Farms will use the $3,200 it was awarded to erect a fence, creating acres of usable pasture and farmland for growing vegetables, Radice said. The increased production will enable Wolff to contribute about 50 percent more produce to the local food economy, she said.

A farmer’s commitment to a local community generates “layers of community impact,” said Scott Cratty, a co-founder of the grant program and general manager of the Mendocino County Farmers’ Market Association. Substituting a local vegetable for one picked and shipped from abroad keeps money in the local economy, sustains a local farming job, provides the community with healthier produce, and helps cut down on carbon emissions from freight vehicles, he said.

It also helps preserve the rural character of Mendocino County, Cratty said.

“You’re also preserving the only way we can keep open, beautiful space around us,” he said. If, “you want to live in a rural area with beautiful open space, you need creative ways to keep farmers farming.”

The farmers, food vendors and local-food advocates who run the fund are hoping to make more substantial investments in community agriculture in the future, Radice said. The program this time had about three times as much money to disburse as last year, its first, and organizers are hoping that its reputation will lure more donations for 2017, enabling it to award grants of between $7,500 and $10,000, she said.  With grants of that size, farmers could make much more significant capital upgrades, drilling wells, buying tractors and building structures for processing their food, Radice said.

Hard work and elegance at the Good Farm Fund’s Winter Feast

By Sarah Reith, The Mendocino Voice, 12/14/16

MENDOCINO Co. 12/14/2016 — Textures ranged from crunchy to creamy at a local farm to fork extravaganza last week. The roasted veggies, from seven local farms, provided a rainbow of flavors and hues. The salad dish, from Floodgate Farms, was a delectable color study, with its warm yellow flowers and mix of cool green.

And then there was the slow-roasted pork, which may have been a fierce-looking boar just a few days prior to its appearance at this elegant event. Now it got along most agreeably with thick green chimichurri sauce and heirloom corn polenta, which was flavored with apples, honey, and mushrooms both wild and tame.

The Good Farm Fund winter feast on December 8 at Barra Winery in Redwood Valley had something for everyone, from foodies to survivalists.

Guests belly up to the bar

The event was a fundraiser for grants for small farmers and the CalFresh match program. The first program, the Good Farm Fund, helps bring the food to the market, and the second helps to sell it, providing between $15 and $30 in matching funds to CalFresh recipients who shop at local farmers markets. Scott Cratty, president of the Mendocino County Farmers Market Association, explained that this program was “so cool and good, the government started to support it.” He added that the match program is “the best thing since sliced bread.”

That sliced bread would probably be farm fresh bread made with flour from the Mendocino Grain Project, since Cratty is also the co-founder of the non-profit Good Farm Fund, which is set to give out $20,000 worth of grants to local small farmers in the coming year. “If you grow broccoli, you get no subsidy,” Cratty explained. “But if you grow corn syrup” to make sweetener for unhealthy beverages, “you get a big subsidy.” Given the high land prices in Mendocino County and the lack of subsidies for broccoli-growers, he said, “at the end of the year, you’re probably on food stamps yourself.”

The Thin Air String Band

The dinner, with 160 ticketed guests, sold out a full day in advance. The menu read like a who’s who of local cuisine and small organic farmers, from small-scale operations to larger business efforts. Baguettes made with flour from the Mendocino Grain Project, near Ukiah, were adorned with chicken liver pate from Sisters’ Ridge Farm in Redwood Valley, cheese from Pennyroyal Farm in Boonville, and onion jam from Irene’s Garden in Laytonville. The Grange School of Adaptive Agriculture provided pumpkins for pies made by Kemmy’s, and North Coast Brewing Co. donated beer.

Bridget Harrington of Patrona’s

Bridget Harrington, co-owner of Patrona’s, a farm to fork gourmet eatery in Ukiah, told the crowd that supporting local farmers was an easy decision in uncertain times. “Help farmers grow, help the county grow,” she reasoned, adding that locally grown organic produce appeals to foodies, who are interested in produce that is “at the pinnacle of flavor,” as well as survivalists, who worry that “sooner or later, those trucks from Safeway won’t come up the 101 — there are three fundamental needs, and food is one of them.”

By Monday, Cratty had rough numbers from the event, which has grown each of the three years it’s taken place. He estimated the net take at about $12,000 or $13,000, though he still had to make his way through a few invoices. Thompson’s Party Rental supplied 200 plates, but with the 160 ticketed guests, plus kitchen staff, volunteers, and band members, he said, “we blew through the plates and had to feed the band and a few other people out of to-go boxes.” The recipients of the coming year’s grants have not yet been decided on, but for next year’s winter feast, Cratty hopes to announce the winners at the event and highlight their accomplishments.

 

Good Farm Fund accepting grant applications from Mendocino and Lake counties’ farmers

By Erick O’Donnell, Ukiah Daily Journal 10/12/16

A local grant program whose fund has almost tripled in its second year is on track to draw modestly increased interest from local farmers seeking to expand their operations amidst daunting economic challenges, according to a representative from the fund’s fiscal sponsor.

North Coast Opportunities, the sponsor of the Good Farm Fund, has so far been fielding inquiries from prospective applicants at a greater rate than last year, said John Bailey, NCO’s representative and a member of the grant committee. The application period opened Oct. 1 and will close at the end of the month.

Bailey attributed the greater interest, from both donors and prospective applicants, to the success of last year’s program, which awarded a total of $7,000 to nine small farms across Mendocino and Lake counties, enabling them to acquire drought-sensitive irrigation supplies, a computer, and a chicken brooder, among other equipment that helped farmers to scale up their operations. The organization has up to $20,000 to award this year.

By funding small capital purchases, the program’s founders and organizers hope to provide local farmers with a foundation on which to build a more productive, economically robust engine for local and environmentally sustainable agriculture. The fund’s leaders ultimately envision a self-supporting regional community of growers, vendors and consumers who can feed themselves while preserving its resources and supporting jobs.

Small-scale farmers hoping to grow their operations face a number of obstacles, including the high cost of land, stiff competition from larger growers, unpredictability, lack of expertise, and—crucially—limited access to capital, said Bailey and other people involved in the fund. Finding a lender willing to invest in a farm with only a few acres and little equipment is among the biggest hurdles to reaching a level of self-supporting profitability, they said.

“As far as I know, you just can’t do it,” said Michael Foley, whose Green Uprising Farm received $785 from the fund last year to purchase hand tools. The farm, which uses the tools in a “no till” method of farming that prevents soil erosion and preserves helpful organisms living in the soil, would not have been able to find a lender to finance the relatively small investment, at least on reasonable terms, he said.

“It’s just too small scale,” Foley said. “You can get a loan, but the interest is pretty steep.”“Not a good idea if you’re trying to minimize costs on a little bit of farming,” he added.

Nor can small-scale farmers get the investment capital they need solely from revenue, which makes community organization and self-support necessary, said Scott Cratty, a co-founder of the fund and the general manager of the Mendocino County Farmers’ Market Association. The Good Farm Fund is meant to lift farmers out of a “Catch-22,” in which the problems of inadequate capital and minimal revenue reinforce one another.

“The more a farm has to offer, the better they do, but you can’t offer more unless you have a bigger customer base giving you more money,” Cratty said.

Local farmers’ markets have struggled to attract more customers and have failed to increase their market share in recent years, Cratty said. With a stagnant revenue base, independent farmers struggle to make a living, let alone invest in greater production, he said.

“No matter how hard you work as a food farmer—as opposed to an intoxicant farmer—if you’re pretty dang talented at it and good at marketing, you can make a living, but just a living,” he said, adding that many local farmers rely on food stamps.

Fund officials aspire to catalyze a network of small-scale, sustainable food production and distribution in which the costs of and opportunities for doing business are aligned with the community’s nutritional, environmental and economic needs.

The mainstream food economy heavily favors large growers, and capitalizing independent farmers is a hopeful step toward fostering a community with strong personal ties between farmers and the consumers whose nutritional and environmental interests they would be trusted to safeguard, the fund officials said.

In the mainstream national food market, varieties of produce are selected not for their nutritional content but for their ability to stay fresh while hauled long distances, Bailey said. In a more locally oriented market, growers and consumers could focus on other priorities, he said.

“Small farmers will be able to give us a broader diversity of nutritious and flavorful food,” Bailey said.

They would also be better stewards of the land than many large-scale agricultural operations, Bailey said. In a distribution network where vendors hold their local suppliers to environmental standards, farmers would have a greater incentive to practice crop rotation, rotational grazing, and other methods that leave the soil intact, he said.

Bailey contrasted such environmentally conscious farmers with some vegetable and fruit growers in the Central Valley who, driven by ruthless economic pressures, repeatedly plant a single crop season after season, depleting the soil and leaving it vulnerable to blow away

Third Annual Winter Feast

Thursday December 8, 2016, from 5– 9:00 pm
Dinner served from 6 – 8:00 p.m. 
Barra of Mendocino Event Center | 7051 North State Street, Redwood Valley

Farm to Table Dinner featuring locally raised meat, produce, grain, beer, & wine. Plus… an auction, live music by The Thin Air String band and great company.
Tickets $30 adults advance/$40 at the door | $15 youth (<15)

A back-by-popular-demand highlight of the local holiday season! Proceeds support Good Farm Fund’s mission to provide assistance to local farms and fund the Farmers Market Food Stamp Matching program, which makes nutritious local food more affordable in our community.

Tickets: We expect to sell out like last year! >> Purchase tickets online here from Brown Paper Tickets.

Tickets also available soon at Westside Renaissance Market, the Mendocino Book Company, the Spot Coffee in Redwood Valley, and the Ukiah Farmers Market.

Or email us to RSVP now and pay at the door.

In 2016, we are giving out $20,000 in grants to local farms, which was raised through events like this dinner. All grant applicants will join us at the Winter Feast to talk about their exciting farm projects!

The event is sponsored by North Coast Opportunities, the Mendo-Lake FoodHub, Mendo Lake Credit Union, First Five, Ukiah Natural Foods Co-op, Yokayo Ranch, Black Dog Farm & Catering and Thompson’s Party Rentals.

Thank you for supporting our work to help local farms thrive!

Farm to Table Feast celebrates community and raises funds for local farms

The Good Farm Fund is excited to host its Third Annual Winter Feast on Thursday, Dec. 8 from 5 to 9 p.m.

This year’s farm-to-table dinner will be held at Barra of Mendocino Event Center at 7051 N. State St. in Redwood Valley, and will feature locally raised meat, produce, cheese, grain, beer, wine and cider.

There will also be live music by The Thin Air String Band — known for its jazzy/West Coast-punkgrass style — and a silent auction packed with unique local items ideal for holiday giving.

This dinner is back by popular demand after selling out last year. Attendees proclaimed it a highlight of the holiday season, with plenty of feel-good cheer and an abundance of local food and drink to enjoy at an affordable price.

Photo caption: From left, farmers Bill Taylor and Jaye Moscariello of Floodgate Farm and Ukiah Farmer’s Market customer Karen Mangan enjoy a squash soup appetizer at last year’s event.
Photo: From left, farmers Bill Taylor and Jaye Moscariello of Floodgate Farm and Ukiah
Farmer’s Market customer Karen Mangan enjoy a squash soup appetizer at last year’s event.

“This dinner is about celebrating all the hard work that farmers do throughout the year and the customers who support us,” says Caroline Radice of Black Dog Farm & Catering, one of the event coordinators. “The best way to do that is enjoy delicious local food together, while raising funds to help local farms expand.”

Radice and her husband, Jason Pluck, cater the event with the help of many volunteers. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free meal options will be available.

Proceeds will go toward the Good Farm Fund’s small grant program for local farms, as well as the Ukiah Farmers Market Food Stamp Match program, which makes nutritious food affordable for all.

The event is sponsored by North Coast Opportunities, Inc., Mendo Lake Credit Union, First Five, Ukiah Natural Foods Co-Op, the MendoLake Food Hub, and Thompson’s Party Rentals.

In its first year, the Good Farm Fund awarded a total of $7,000 in farm grants to nine local farms. Now in its second year of accepting applications, the Good Farm Fund is poised to award $20,000 in grants.

Applications were due in October, and grant recipients will be at the dinner to talk about the critical projects that have been or will be supported by the fund.

Tickets are $30 in advance or $40 at the door; youth 15 and under are $15. Tickets can be purchased at the Westside Renaissance Market, the Mendocino Book Company, the Ukiah Farmers Market, The Spot Coffee in Redwood Valley, or online at www.goodfarmfund.org.

The Good Farm Fund is a fiscally sponsored project of NCO, a 501(c)3 Community Action Agency serving Lake and Mendocino counties.

For more information, to sign up to volunteer, or to donate items to the auction, email goodfarmfund[at]gmail.com.

Farm to Table Benefit Dinner Helps Support Lake & Mendocino Counties’ Farmers

(Foreground from right to left) Chefs Liz and Kelvin Jacobs and sous chef Kristy Wilson of the Wild Fish Restaurant serve salmon ceviche and (background from right to left) Chefs Monica and Hercule Almond serve Peruvian causa at the 2nd annual Farm to Table Benefit Dinner on Tuesday evening, June 21. Karen Rifkin–for The Ukiah Daily Journal
(Foreground from right to left) Chefs Liz and Kelvin Jacobs and sous chef Kristy Wilson of the Wild Fish Restaurant serve salmon ceviche and (background from right to left) Chefs Monica and Hercule Almond serve Peruvian causa at the 2nd annual Farm to Table Benefit Dinner on Tuesday evening, June 21. Karen Rifkin–for The Ukiah Daily Journal

“All across the country, small farmers are struggling to be sustainable financially, and community support is a realistic solution,” says event co-organizer Chef Caroline Radiche of Black Dog Farm and Catering.

Chefs Janelle Weaver and Daniel Townsend, owners of The Bewildered Pig in Philo, are serving a fresh county style pork pâté (Anderson Valley Community Farm) with minimal flavorings—thyme, white pepper, black pepper, salt and a bit of coriander—to keep the taste clean—on a crostini (Fort Bragg Bakery) topped with a choice of red onion chutney or an arugula pesto (Anderson Valley Community Farm).

“We are all about being a farm to table restaurant,” says Weaver. “There’s no other way; this is about taking responsibility for feeding yourself.”

Townsend adds, “Start a farm, grow food, eat it and share with others.”

Chef Monica Almond is putting the finishing touches on lovely little mounds of sculpted Peruvian potato purée mixed with Meyer Lemon Olive Oil (Olivino) topped with a sliver of marinated red onion, a very small square of red pepper and a dot of Ají Amarillo hot pepper sauce. She and her son Hercule cook at Terra Savia and cater for parties and private events.

Chefs Kelvin and Liz Jacobs of the Wild Fish Restaurant in Little River are serving up generous portions of sweet pink Salmon ceviche sprinkled with kale crisps (rub fresh kale with lemon, add chile, olive oil and salt; bake in high oven for 10 minutes; mix in food processor) served with a fava bean purée and a lettuce salad (Noyo Food Forest) with a side of salted tomato marinated in olive oil. The kale, tomatoes, herbs and calendula petals are from Cinnamon Bear Farm.

Wild Fish Restaurant has been farm to table for five years serving fish and vegetarian entrées.

“There’s no other way to cook than using our local food shed,” says Chef Liz.

Two of the sisters from Kemmy’s Pies stand behind a table filled with slices of strawberry rhubarb pie made with organic, locally sourced ingredients. The rhubarb comes from Hearts Desire Farm in Willits; the strawberries are from Redwood Valley; and the crust is made from flour from the Mendocino Grain Project. It is a family affair with three sisters, Brenda, Kate and Amy, and their mother Kimberly starting out eight years ago by purchasing a commercial kitchen on wheels intending to make barbecue.

A market in Laytonville wanted their pies and today they work from a remodeled kitchen at the Skunk Train Depot, that used to serve train customers, and sell 1,000 pies a week—that is, on a slow week—throughout Mendocino, Sonoma, Lake and Humboldt counties.

Chefs Radice and Jason Pluck of Black Dog Farm and Catering cook at the Little Lake Grange Kitchen, a community kitchen in Willits.

They have teamed up with Daniel Spiro, student life coordinator of the Grange School of Adaptive Agriculture, to present a plate of millet-based polenta topped with roasted chicken and sprinkled with black pepper chèvre (an acquired taste, to be sure) with a side of kale pesto.

The millet, chicken and pesto ingredients were grown at the school and the goat cheese was made at Shamrock Artisan Goat Cheese, operating since 1983. Co-owner Ana Cox describes the importance of the farm to table movement.

“It’s helping young farmers who are coming into the business; they need all the support they can get.”

Chef Fabricio Giammei of Tango Foods stands behind a large platter of boneless pork (Potter Valley Unconventional Agriculture) and a Leg of Lamb (Magruder Ranch). He uses a sprig of rosemary to top the meats with a splash of traditional Piedmontese sauce and adds a side of beets (Tequio Family Farm).

Event organizers—Scott Cratty, manager of the Ukiah Farmers Market; Sarah Bodner, local food supporter and community organizer; Bridget Harrington, chef at Patrona; Nicholas Petti, owner of Mendo Bistro and college teacher; and Radiche—spent months organizing the 19 chef and farmer pairings serving at the event.

“All the chefs volunteered, and this year we were able to pay the farmers for their produce,” says Radiche.

The Good Food Fund raised $7,000 last year and distributed the money to nine local farms helping them purchase seed stock, drought sensitive irrigation supplies, new hand tools and fencing.

“Last year’s grants were modest—anywhere from $500 to $1,200,” says Radiche. “We’ve been gathering a huge amount of community support and now have $10,000 for this year’s grant cycle. We would like to increase our impact.

“If a farmer needs to drill a well, we would like to be able to fund that. We want to support life changing purchases for these farmers,” she says.

Event sponsors include Sip! Mendocino, Yokayo Ranch, North Coast Brewing, Mendocino Winegrowers Inc., the MendoLake Food Hub and Thompson’s Party Rental.