Address: 16395 Ridgewood Rd, Cottonwood CA 96022 / (530) 721-0164
About Us / Springfed Organic Farm and Nursery History: Springfed is a certified organic farm, raising cool-season vegetables and medicinal herbs in in the oak woodland zone of interior Northern California. We're a 3/4 acre organic market garden, plus a nursery specializing in about 50 spp. of perennial vegetables and medicinal and culinary herbs.
Find us at the Redding certified farmer's market, each Saturday from 7:30 to noon, behind City Hall (on Parkview off Cypress Ave.) in Redding!
At Springfed we try to go "beyond organic" in sustainability. We are solar-powered. We're intense about water conservation: the rainy season is our farming season, everything that gets irrigated is on super-efficient drip irrigation, we devote a lot of energy to building (and contouring) soil so it stores moisture best, and we're constantly refining our rainfed farming skills. That means we grow certain crops (like shallots, wild salad mix, and cilantro) without any irrigation at all.
Sustainability also means a respect for the wild. Biodiversity is very important to us. Our farm's designed to interfere as little as possible with most of the species with whom we share the oak woodland. We put a lot of effort into providing habitat to native pollinators and beneficial insects, and it's paying off: we never need to use even organic pesticides.
Also, let's not forget the edible gifts the wild has to give us. Edible weeds are a big part of our sales and a big part of our lives!
Proprietress Wolfgang Rougle is a local wild food educator who wrote the wild food cookbook "Sacramento Valley Feast: Or, Don't Eat Sterile, Eat Feral!"
Lastly, for us sustainability also means some degree of political involvement. It's nice to vote with your dollars (for small businesses and organic food) but it's also important to vote with your vote. Please, if you're not already, get connected with a small farm/clean food/clean water or wildlands advocacy group, and speak your mind about the decisions that affect you and the future of our food.