After 30 years, Sebastopol’s Laguna Farms has become a household name among food-conscious Sonoma County residents. At the solar-powered farm, cold storage holds some of the 400 or so CSA boxes for weekly pick up, and fresh produce, herbs, local eggs and other farm products are available for purchase. It’s like a farmers market that’s open more than once a week. The produce is sold at regular farmers markets in Sebastopol, Oakmont, Petaluma and Santa Rosa too.
Founder Scott Mathieson was a pioneer of the West Coast CSA movement in the ’80s, and he sold the business in 2011 to two longtime employees, Jennifer Branham and Ignacio Romero. They continue the organic-but-not-certified practices and have expanded to host events, renewable energy practices and youth education about growing food. Heck, even grownup kids find the youth garden fascinating and can learn a thing or two about growing food.
Laguna Farms is located at 1764 Copper Road, Sebastopol. 707.823.0823.