Address: Half Moon Bay CA
About Us / Iacopi Farm History: Louis Iacopi and his son, Mike Iacopi, along with 2 full-time and 15 seasonal employees. He leases 165 acres in Half Moon Bay. Upon his arrival from Italy in 1939, Louis' father, Michael, settled in Pescadero where he learned the farming trade from his employer at Cascade Ranch. In 1962, Louis began his 40- year farming career and leased land to start a 200-acre farm in Half Moon Bay. He farmed there until 1979 when he moved the farm to its current location.According to the Iacopis, the cool, coastal climate is ideal for growing flavorful peas and beans and they pride themselves on their high quality. Crop rotation and use of disease-resistant seeds minimize pest outbreaks. Pesticides are not used. The land's proximity to the coast results in many soil types - from heavy clay to sandy loam. Cover crops, manures, and commercial fertilizers are used to improve soil structure. Overhead sprinkler irrigation. Water is collected as it runs off neighboring hillsides into an on-site pond. Mechanical and hand cultivation. Herbicides are used minimally, only if necessary, which usually occurs in the winter when the ground is too wet for the tractors.