PHOTO-ESSAY. In the fall of 2015, POST worked with Christine Pielenz and Bill Laven to protect their 300-acre Potrero Nuevo Farm with an affirmative agricultural easement. This farm is located in Tunitas Creek Valley of Half Moon Bay, and they make crop rotation, cover cropping and organic compost an integrated part of their operation. The easement protects the farm from development and ensures a portion of the property will always remain in agricultural production.
With the property’s rich soils, rolling hills, organic produce, migratory bird habitat, two wonderful owners and a popular bike hut… there are so many reasons to love this farm, we have listed our top ten in this digital book. ~ By Director of Marketing for POST,
Half Moon Bay/Coastside Chamber of Commerce’s Farm, Fish, Flowers Tour
Bill took us on a tour of Potrero Nuevo Farms as part of the Half Moon Bay/Coastside Chamber of Commerce’s Farm, Fish, Flowers annual tour July 20th, 2019. Potrero has 3 acres of active production.
Jay and Suzie Trexler run Tunitas Creek Kitchen where they host farm-to-table lunches and dinners and 4-course meals with musicians adding to the ambience of the farm. They also lead a farm tour with the eating experience.
On Sat. September 14th, 2019 there will be the Annual Abundant Grace Farm-to-Table Fundraising Dinner. They raised $17,000, last year.
Potrero works with Eric DeBode of Abundant Grace. The AG workers come to the farm twice a week for 3 hours, each time and get paid minimum wage. Last year they took 20 thousand pounds of food to the Lutheran Church in Half Moon Bay, to help feed the homeless and also some goes to the Senior Center.
Next year they will add a third day on the farm and 5 individuals will be mentored in skills like mechanic, starts, bean cultivation, irrigation, etc.
Sign up for their U-pick program held on Monday evenings. Kids can learn to pick their own food and take it home to cook and eat that night. 50 families participate. They have 40 fruit trees ~ apple, pear and plum. Potrero Farm is organic, but not certified, as it is not necessary for their business model. Bill and Christine run the farm as a charity.
300 acres are lease to free-range cows. They create dozens of mini pastures, moving the cows around continually. The cows stomp the weeds, they eat grass and poop, stomp, eat, poop, repeat ~ mob grazing. This ranging allows for deep-rooted, perennial grasses to grow and they sequester carbon.
~ Michelle Dragony
Situated in the Tunitas Creek Valley of Half Moon Bay California, our 300 acre farm and wilderness property is one mile from the Pacific Coast.
Building healthy soil that will produce healthy plants is at the core of our farming practices. Crop rotation, cover cropping and organic compost are key tools in our operation. We never spray synthetic chemicals, placing the balance and vitality of the whole farm over any single pest or disease challenge.
Potrero Nuevo Farm provides charitable works in partnership with Abundant Grace Coastside Worker. The Farm donates use of its land, harvest support, seed, use of farm equipment and other materials to Abundant Grace Coastside Worker which feeds the low-income and homeless communities. We are pleased to help further the mission of Abundant Grace Coastside Worker, and also the Farm’s mission of providing healthy produce to charity.
We host a U-Pick Club for local families, an educational program for Pilarcitos High School’s “Coyote Farms Project” and farm tours for community groups.
The Bike Hut is is an operation separate from the farm. It is self-serve and open 24/7/365 for the enjoyment of cyclists. There’s a small picnic area, local maps, a porta potty and a message board for posting road conditions or notes to fellow cyclists. Located at the base of the renowned 10-mile Tunitas Creek climb, it’s the perfect spot to refresh and recharge before starting the ascent up to Skyline. We stock fresh water, organic teas and coffee and a variety of snacks.
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Potrero Nuevo Farm stretches from rolling pasture to flat fields, with Tunitas Creek running the north border. We have a cool, foggy climate and produce an abundant variety of crops. We are eight miles south of Half Moon Bay and one mile from the Pacific Ocean.
The productive soils, wildlife habitat, and scenic, rolling pastures of our 300-acre farm are now permanently protected by an affirmative agricultural conservation easement that we executed with Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) on October 29, 2015.
The easement does two things: it protects the natural resources of our property and ensures that a portion of the land stays in working agricultural production, for both grazing and row crops. Our farm will always have at least two acres of row crops in production and 100 acres actively grazed. This innovative conservation solution ensures that our vision for Potrero Nuevo Farm is maintained for the local community’s enjoyment and benefit well into the future. Ours was one of the first such agreements created on the Coastside by POST’s Farmland Futures Initiative and we are happy to be an early adopter of an easement that will guarantee agricultural land production in San Mateo County.
Additionally, we are happy to announce that Potrero Nuevo Farm will eventually pass to POST in our estate plans. POST and we share the same values and long term vision for land conservation and it is a delight to know that they will be there long after we are keeping this property protected and in agricultural production.
Please do NOT use a GPS or online map services because they’ll send you to the wrong location. Instead, follow our easy directions below.
From Half Moon Bay/Hwy 92: Drive eight miles south on Hwy 1, then one mile east on Tunitas Creek Road. Look for PNF on the left.
From Santa Cruz: Drive north on Hwy 1 through Pescadero. After Rte. 84, continue on Hwy.1 up and over a hill. As the road descends, cross over a small bridge at the bottom and immediately turn right on Tunitas Creek Road. Continue one mile and look for PNF on the left.
The Bike Hut