Upcountry Farms

Amador County, California, United States

Dan and Tori are self-taught farmers growing over 50 different fruits, vegetables, and flowers in the foothills of Amador County, CA. The husband and wife team learned everything they know through books, classes, and trial and error out in the garden. They’re devoted to natural and sustainable no-till gardening techniques, believing that improving soil health is the key to abundant yields and making food our medicine again. The couple enjoys every aspect of farming, from seed and transplant to weeding and harvesting.

They grow on two acres of land, producing enough crops to supply local farmer’s markets, their online farm stand, and a CSA box program. The weekly boxes include 6-8 freshly harvested seasonal vegetables, and a newsletter goes out by email offering recipes that include the selected produce. In the spring and fall, customers can expect things like beets, carrots, cabbage, and more. Summertime crops include tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, and potatoes. Upcountry Farms has obviously made an impression in the community; they cap their yearly CSA at 70 customers so as to not overextend the hardworking crew. A small scale farm making a big impact.

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Editor at Garden Culture Magazine

Catherine is a Canadian award-winning journalist who worked as a reporter and news anchor in Montreal’s radio and television scene for 10 years. A graduate of Concordia University, she left the hustle and bustle of the business after starting a family. Now, she’s the editor and a writer for Garden Culture Magazine while also enjoying being a mom to her three young kids. Her interests include great food, gardening, fitness, animals, and anything outdoors.