Friday, September 17, 2010

Local farmers concerned about predicted rainfall – some crops may be ruined

I was talking with my son (Richard) today and he was concerned about an abundance of rain (2” predicted) ruining the potatoes where he works for Paul Giuntoli, owner of Warren Creek Farms.

They harvested 10,000 pounds of potatoes yesterday and are hard at it today. All of our local farmers are hustling in the fields today hoping Mother Nature’s wet passing will be brief.

Some History about Warren Creek Farms:

Warren Creek Farm has been growing organically since 1987 and certified organic by CCOF since 1991.

They conserve water and soil through crop rotation, cover cropping and dry farming. Dry farmed plants are more nutritious, store better and conserve water.

At Warren Creek Farms they manage weeds, pests, and diseases by mechanical and manual cultivation, crop rotation, strip grazing, soil testing, fertilizer management and as a last resort, application of organic program approved materials and practices.

Soil fertility is considered after annual soil testing. Green manure crops, compost, micronutrients and fallow years are used to maintain fertility and plant health.

At Warren Creek Farms they have a box recycling program. They pay their customers to save their boxes and many of them are used several times over.

Blue Lake & Arcata Bottoms (0-4 miles from packaging facility) Warren Creek Farms is owned by Paul Giuntoli, a third generation Humboldt County Farmer.

He and his wife Carla farm two plots of certified organic land – one on Warren Creek Road between Arcata and Blue Lake, and one in the Arcata Bottoms.

They have been supplying the co-op with potatoes and winter squash for more than 20 years, making them one of our oldest suppliers.

My son, Richard (and daughter-in-law Jassmine), having been working for Paul and Carla for years. Last year’s Corn Maze set records for attendance at the event. The Pumpkin Patch is another popular people pleaser and is also held at the Arcata Bottoms. In two weeks, Warren Creek Farms will open up it’s store for business. Meanwhile you can find their products at The Farmer’s Market in Arcata every Saturday.  

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