Navarro Ridge Farm is situated about 5 miles from the ocean, on a ridge top between the Navarro River and Salmon Creek. We use organic farming practices, but are not certified. No sprays or other chemicals are used on the property. Surrounded by acres of timberland, the ridge enjoys a terroir of abundant oxygen sunshine, and migratory birds. Water comes from the natural rain cycle. The apples are from an old homestead orchard, augmented with new plantings of plum and Asian pear in 1990. About an acre is devoted to Pineapple Guava, also known as Feijoa Sellowiana. The planting was the brainchild of an old family friend from New Zealand. Over the years, we've marketed small quantities of fruit, veggies, herbs to local shops, caterers, restaurants. 2017 brought a bumper crop of Guavas, and we're excited to join the MendoLake Food Hub.
When we irrigate, water comes from a deep well. Usually we plant so that we can dry farm. Orchard was on a drip system to get established, and is now entirely dependent on the rain cycle. There are no pesticides or other chemicals used on the land. We use sustainable, organic practices, but due to paperwork burden, are no longer "Certified Organic". Weed abatement is by mowing of the cover crop and or hand pulling. We encourage beneficial insects and birdlife via ornamental and native planting on the property. A happy habitat for bees. We follow all Mendocino County Public Health COVID Guidelines.