Spina Farms is family owned and operated and have ties to the Santa Clara County through three generations. In addition to growing and harvesting a wide range of vegetable crops such as sweet corn, strawberries, Bing cherries, stone fruit, summer squash, tomatoes, watermelon, apples, onions, garlic, pumpkins and more, the farm operates a roadside stall where you can purchase fruits and vegetables freshly harvested from the fields. Produce from other farms in the area is also available for purchase at Spina Farms stall, and you can enjoy looking at the interesting collection of old farm items that adorn the walls as you shop. One of the highlights of Spina Farms is the pumpkin patch they open up to the public in October every year, offering 60 unique varieties of pumpkins to choose from. Hay rides, a petting zoo, and tours by train are all available at strategic times during “pumpkin season”.
Coyote Valley Nursery grows bedding and landscaping plants for wholesale supply, providing quality plants and landscaping needs to many of the retailers and landscape gardeners in the greater San Francisco Bay area. The Nursery specializes in the growing of annuals, perennials, groundcover, vegetables & cyclamen, and provides their plants in cell packs, jumbo packs, 4” pots, and gallon containers. Owner Mario Silva has over 30 years experience in growing and providing plants that are of the highest quality, with knowledge and understanding of how to take advantage of the unique conditions and climate the area provides.
Monterey Mushrooms, like so many of the farming operations in the Coyote Valley and surrounding area, is family owned and operated. As well as this location Monterey Mushrooms operates 9 other locations throughout North America, making it the largest grower of mushrooms, and supply all the major cities with their mushrooms. Mushrooms are grown all year round ensuring a constant supply. The company is dedicated to growing in a recyclable environment so that it greatly reduces waste. The Portabella mushroom has regained popularity with consumers largely due to promotion of this tasty mushroom.
Kawahara Nurseries has been in existence since the early 1940’s and has been supplying California retailers with quality nursery plants ever since. The nursery is family owned and operated by several generations, and along with over 200 staff members, maintains 2 locations – Morgan Hill and Gilroy, CA. At this time Kawahara Nurseries is a wholesale supplier only, supplying quality plants to landscapers and retailers throughout California.
Uesugi Farms grows and harvests a wide range of fresh produce that includes peppers (bell and chili), sweet corn, strawberries, Napa cabbage, beans and pumpkins plus other fresh vegetables to foodservice distributors, retailers, wholesalers and processors across North America. One of the highlights of Uesugi Farms is its extravagant pumpkin patch during autumn which is enjoyed by both the local community and visitors to the area. Uesugi Farms also operates roadside produce stands where their freshly harvested vegetables are available for purchase. They also maintain farms in Arizona and Mexico.
Ann Sobrato High School runs one of the largest Future Farmers of America (FFA) programs in North America, teaching students about crop cultivation and animal husbandry in a hands-on teaching environment. The school’s FFA program is student led and those involved in the program are passionate about undertaking farm work as well as traditional classroom studies. The program has been running for 10 years and has expanded from just 150 agriculture students in its early days to over 500 students today, with plans to expand the program even further. The emphasis on the importance of agriculture and sustainability not only for the United States of America but for the world as a whole makes Ann Sobrato High School one of the best schools for learning about the future of America, its food sources and how people can impact sustainability in a positive way.