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An in depth introduction to Historic Nevada County, California including Grass Valley, Nevada City, Penn Valley, Truckee and Sierra County.

Local Agriculture

Feeding the County

Mountain Bounty is the oldest and largest

CSA (Community Supported Agriculture)

farm operation in the Sierra. It was started

in 1997 by John Tecklin, who has been

farming since the early 1990s.

A 50-acre organic family farm, Mountain

Bounty is on the San Juan Ridge, not far

from Nevada City. Eighteen acres are

currently under cultivation. The rest of the

land is forest and meadows.

Utilizing organic practices, they make use

of cover crops, compost and organic soil

amendments to grow 40 different crops

and 140 varieties.

A crew of 16 includes several interns who

work from April to November, the main

growing season. These interns often go on

to start their own farms, or work on other

farms. Some stay at Mountain Bounty.

The farm is firmly committed to

Community Supported Agriculture,

focusing on providing a local source

of quality produce while working on

economic sustainability for local farmers.

To this end, Mountain Bounty offers the

public a CSA program that provides boxes

of seasonal vegetables, fruit and flowers.

They also have wholesale customers, such

as Briar Patch Co-op, California Organics

and several local restaurants. And, they

can be found Saturdays at the Nevada City

Farmers Market.

Information: mountainbountyfarm.com

(530) 292-3776

Community Support

Faced with the expiration of the lease on the major

portion of its farm land, which could not be renewed

as the owner wanted to sell the land, Mountain Bounty

reached out.

Enter Forever Farms, a collaborative campaign launched

by Bear Yuba Land Trust, Sierra Harvest and BriarPatch

Co-op to create a fund to purchase and preserve area

farmland. Their first endeavor is the purchase of land

leased by Mountain Bounty. Learn More: bylt.org,

sierraharvest.org, briarpatch.coop

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