Son of Something Farm is a small scale sustainable farm designed through Permaculture principles and Biointensive techniques. Located in the Sierra Nevada Foothills just north of Auburn and nestled along the picturesque Bear River. We specialize in high quality salad greens, micro-greens, heirloom tomatoes and baby root crops with our signature Son of Something Salad mixes.
No till. No tractor. No worries.
We grow with no pesticides and no chemicals. All of our crops are Non-GMO and we utilize little to no fossil fuels in the production of high quality foods. We are a hand powered farm and work with nature to grow the highest quality produce around.
***OPEN FOR THE 2017 SEASON***
Nevada County Certified Growers Market
Time: 8 am – 12:30 pm
Location: 12075 Auburn Road, Grass Valley
Dates: April 15 – November 18, 2017 (Select dates only – check our Facebook page)
Time: By appointment only
Location: 10567 Gautier drive, Auburn 95602
Dates: Please call or email to schedule a farm tour.
Son of Something farm grew from the idea that growing food can change the world. Through the cultivation of locally grown food on a small scale a great impact can be made to the health of the people, the community and the natural resources.
In 2010 I was working as a wild land firefighter and my father had his second triple heart bypass surgery. Realizing that heart disease accounts for 1 in 4 deaths I felt that it was time to take a step back and focus on what I could do to solve this problem. I started by growing food but soon realized there was more to the issue.
Realizing how much of an impact the acquisition of food plays in our modern world I decided to take a more active role in our food system. I wanted to address the issues of food and where it comes from, how it is grown and the way it ends up on our plates. All these issues impact our health, our environment and our communities.
Changing careers and moving back home I started working on the idea of a farm that could make a positive impact for the health of my family, my community and my environment. I immersed myself into sustainable agriculture and began to experiment with growing food on the land that I had been raised.
Eventually I convinced my dad that it was best to tear out the front lawn and to put in our annual vegetable beds. I started putting in long term perennials such as fruit trees, Goji berries and artichokes on other parts of the property. Luckily my dad is a collector of goods so there was an abundance of materials to be up-cycled into infrastructure for the farm.
And so began the journey of living closely with the soil, the seasons and the plants. It has been the most challenging career I have ever taken on and everyday I learn something new, become more humbled and take my time to appreciate every moment. There are no guarantees, days off or timeouts on the farm. Yet, it is where we came from and through a close relationship with the earth we find ourselves.
Peter Hidalgo is the owner and primary operator of the farm. He grew up along the Bear River and attended the local schools from Cottage Hill through Bear River High. A native of Nevada County his triple bottom line is to grow quality food in a sustainable manner that nourishes the consumer, while caring for the environment through how it is grown and making a living by doing something that matters.
He has a Bachelors degree in Social Science from the University of California Chico, a Natural Science degree from Sierra College and a Permaculture Design certificate from Oregon State University. Visit his page here.