The Cloverleaf Farm- 5 miles from the Co-op
How did you get started in your business? What year did you start your company?
We started in 2011 · through CA farmlink! Katie joined in 2014 and Kaitlin Oki in 2017.
What is your vision for the future of your company?
Our goal at the Cloverleaf Farm is to produce excellent fruit while improving our soil, our environment, and our local community. Our vision is to create a thriving farm-ecosystem, burgeoning with insects, wildlife, and soil microorganisms, that minimizes water and energy consumption, as well as other external inputs. We believe in treating ourselves and our customers with care, and we strive to explore innovative farming ideas, foster creativity, and provide an educational forum for the community.
Is there a story behind the name of your company?
We chose the name because our first location was right by the side of 1-80 and we were thinking of the cloverleaf of the highway exit. We also really like to include clover in our cover crop. Our current location is a little farther from the highway but our farmstand is still right off the highway!
What is a quote that you feel captures your business philosophy/perspective?
"The tastiest peaches"
Is your business involved in community events?
Yes, so many! Tour for CAlcan on March 2nd for CalCan summit. This fall we will have an elderberry field day, date TBD
What products are you most excited to offer?
Our peaches, apricots, nectarines, figs, elderberry syrup, now strawberries and blackberries!
Do you follow special guidelines for how you source your ingredients (Grass-fed, vegetarian-fed, organic, local, fair trade, handmade, gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo friendly, etc.)
We are certified organic. Handmade and organic value-added products. We also are forming a worker-cooperative so a lot of attention is paid to fair labor practices.
What business practices are you most proud of? Have you won any industry awards?
Two awards now!
Slow food “snail of approval”
CAFF climate smart farmer award
I think we are proud of the following:
- No till soil management for many crops (popcorn, strawberries, peppers, melons, tomatoes)
- Planting lots of hedgerows (our elderberry syrup and more native plant products (acorn flour?Dried elderberries?) to come)
- Worker coop conversion (already practicing as a coop but official Jan. 2020)
- Reduced water use & implementation of soil moisture sensors farm-wide - we think less water makes tastier fruit!
What do you do to support employees during hiring & employment? (paid benefits, employee discounts, etc.)
Converting to a worker-coop and profit sharing! We generally have a policy of eating as much of our own food as we want to for all workers and we get a discount in buying our value added products from the farm. Still working on paying ourselves any benefits (other than worker's comp, disability, etc for employees).