Farm History

WEI runs an organically certified demonstration and education farm which supports a CSA, cultural heritage projects, an active internship program, community visitors and volunteers. In 2006, 2 years after Women’s Environmental Institute was started, we took over the neighboring farm land on Amador Hill in North Branch in an effort to connect our environmental justice work with agricultural justice. We started with a 25 member CSA and we focus on using the farm as a demonstration and education farm. The methods we use are based on organic farming best practices and Growing Power methods. We’ve spent the last 9 years working to restore the soil quality through cover cropping and rotation and we currently grow over 150 varieties of vegetables and fruit. Jacquelyn Zita, our Director of Operations, manages the farm.