Dinner Bell Farm Tour sponsored by BriarPatch on August 12

As part of the Discover Local! program that celebrates Nevada County’s local food system, BriarPatch is sponsoring a farm tour at Dinner Bell Farm in Chicago Park on Sunday, August 12, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Admission is free, and refreshments including coffee, tea, and BriarPatch baked goods will be available.

“The owners of Dinner Bell Farm in Grass Valley (Nevada County) are among an increasing number of young farmers and ranchers embracing less-than-ideal conditions, financial hardship and sometimes even loneliness to pursue their passions and take responsibility for a growing population in need of food,” as the San Francisco Chronicle has reported.

The farm is run by Molly Nakahara, Paul Glowaski, and Cooper Funk.

They met each other as apprentices in UC Santa Cruz’s Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems.

In 2010, they founded Dinner Bell Farm. Their aim is “to create a diverse farming system that focuses on soil health and regeneration.” The farmers focus on cover crops, pasturing animals, and fully integrating the ecosystem into their crops. The three strive to farm “with integrity within a wild system.”

Directions to Dinner Bell:

From Grass Valley: From the intersection of Neal St. and S. Auburn St. in downtown Grass Valley: Head East on Neal St. and go under Hwy. 49. Stay straight onto CA-174 East / Colfax Ave / Officer Bill C. Bean Memorial Hwy Drive for 8.2 miles. Right on Powerline Rd. Left at stop sign onto Lower Colfax Rd. First right onto Old Coach Way. After about 0.3 mile, take the first right onto Cactus Lane (unmarked, look for white horse fence). Stay to the right and continue onto the farm. You’ll see our Flower Field on the right, 18454 Cactus Lane, Chicago Park. Please call the farm or a farmer if you get lost, Molly (510) 501-2742, Paul (260) 450-0450, Cooper (510) 410-6684, or Farm Office (530) 272-2843.

About BriarPatch Co-op Natural Foods Community Market

Founded in 1976, BriarPatch Co-op is Nevada County’s leading natural food grocer and the county’s first LEED™-certified commercial green building. A cooperative business, BriarPatch has 6000 owners and is open to the public. BriarPatch Co-op is located at 290 Sierra College Drive in Grass Valley, California, (530) 272-5333.

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