Olson Family Farm (CA)
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The Olsons use IPM (integrated pest management), as well as techniques such as hedges and cover crops. The farm uses oak trees to help create habitat and windbreaks. It takes a lot more effort to farm this way, but as Olaf’s father Wayne Olson says, “The pleasure of seeing a dove nesting among the blossoms; the quail and rabbits in the cover crops of clover; and the freshness of each new day are rewards in themselves.” We might add that it makes for the best-tasting fruit as well.