2014 Leopold Conservation Award Winner
Full Belly Farm
Andrew Brait, Paul Muller, Judith Redmond and Dru Rivers
Full Belly Farm is a certified organic farm owned by Andrew Brait, Paul Muller, Judith Redmond and Dru Rivers. The farm, which became a certified organic farm in 1985, is located near Guinda in Yolo County. It produces a variety of crops sold year-round directly to consumers through their community-supported agriculture program, at farmers markets, in restaurants and stores and to distributors.
The owners are dedicated to exceptional land stewardship and strive to balance the farm’s bottom line with environmentally sound practices. Full Belly Farm has pioneered a truly sustainable approach to growing food that prioritizes soil health, riparian management, water efficiency and wildlife-friendly practices.
Their community outreach via their children’s and internship programs help train the next generation of sustainable farmers. They also hold the annual Hoes Down Festival – a two-day celebration of the harvest season that offers a unique opportunity for the public to enjoy rural life on a farm – with educational tours, workshops, food and music.