Koy Saichow grew up in a subsistence farming community in Thailand, where every season relatives, friends and neighbors would come together to harvest in her family’s fields. This powerful connection between food and community led her parents San and Muang to open Stony Point Strawberry Farm: a 10 acre organic farm located in beautiful Petaluma, California, specializing in, you guessed it, berries. Koy manages the business side of the farm while San and Muang focus their efforts on their passion: growing some of the best strawberries in Sonoma County.

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The sun-drenched fields of Petaluma, California are home to Stony Point Strawberry Farm, a 10 acre organic fruit and vegetable farm run by the Saichow Family, specializing in, you guessed it, strawberries.


San Saichow arrives at the farm early each morning to harvest strawberries and other crops alongside his wife Muang. They share deep roots in agriculture, and a generosity around food that is shaped by their experiences growing up in subsistence farming communities in Thailand. These roots led them to open Stony Point Strawberry Farm in 2011 with the help of their daughter, Koy.


Strawberries, while delicious, are a notoriously delicate crop, and so must each be hand-harvested by farmers throughout California. San and Muang lovingly pick each fruit hours before they deliver product, so they can take pride in their customers receiving berries at their peak.


Koy Saichow manages the business side of the farm so her parents can focus on their passion: growing food for their community. While San and Muang are out harvesting in the fields, Koy joins Kitchen Table Advisors Regional Director Paige Phinney for an advising session to weigh the benefits of desktop vs. online Quickbooks, and to talk "big picture" about her family's financial goals for the farm.


San and Muang load up their van with strawberries in preparation for the day's deliveries. Each week they deliver produce to local food hub FEED Sonoma (which then make their way to restaurants and stores like Oliver's Markets), Clif Family Winery and Acre Coffee. On the weekends, Koy stops by the farm to pick up the freshly harvested berries she sells at farmers' markets in Santa Rosa and Sebastopol. The organic certification they received in 2018 opened up new market channels for their product as the demand for local organic products in Sonoma County continues to grow.


After a morning of harvesting, San heads to the Stony Point farm stand. While Stony Point's various market channels have significant impacts on the business and enable the Saichow family to feed a larger community, the farm stand holds a special place in their hearts: an opportunity to be in community with their customers on the farm, where folks can taste the strawberries just a couple hours after being picked (or pick one right off the plants for themselves!).


San stocks the farm stand at Stony Point with freshly-harvested strawberries. In Thailand, neighbors, family and friends regularly jumped in to help him and Muang cultivate their vegetable and rice fields. In turn, they shared the bounty with their community. The couple started the farm nearly a decade ago as a "retirement plan," a way for them to spend their golden years going back to their cherished origins: growing food and feeding people.


While strawberries were not part of his family's crop mix, or diet, in Thailand, San developed a passion for the fruit when he purchased a strawberry farm business from a friend in 2006. He had worked in landscaping after immigrating with his family in 1989, and after years in that industry craved a return to agriculture. Since taking over that first strawberry farm, San has dedicated himself to improving the quality and flavor of their berries, year after year, motivated by this mantra: "Pick one thing and do it the best. Feed people the best version of whatever that thing is."


Pollinators are also fans of Stony Point strawberries. The Saichow family works to nurture the whole ecosystem their farm is part of, to build an operation that not only nourishes the people who eat their berries, but also the land and animals that play a critical role in their quest to produce the best berries.


Koy prepares lunch on the farm for her parents and business advisor. For the Saichow family, food has always been synonymous with community and self-sufficiency. After immigrating to the Bay Area from Thailand, San and Muang were not able to farm as extensively as they had back home. Yet they always rented houses with backyards so they could continue to grow food -- mainly Thai chiles and Southeast Asian vegetables -- for their family, friends and neighbors.


Koy and Regional Director Paige Phinney wrap up an advising session with a meal. While Kitchen Table Advisors' one-on-one advising focuses on business and financial management, our goal is to support farmers and ranchers as whole people. That means following up a session about Quickbooks with noodle soup and a conversation about the unicorn-themed birthday party Koy is planning for her daughter.


All around us, we can see — and taste — the bounty of strawberry season. Thank you for following along and getting to know Koy, San and Muang, the family that makes this abundance possible.


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Photos by: Nicola Parisi

Dede Boies began her career in agriculture because of a fierce love of animals, and a belief that animals deserve to live their best lives in return for nourishing us as food. Now she runs Root Down Farm, a farm located on 62-acres in beautiful, coastal Pescadero that raises pastured pigs and poultry with a focus on holistic practices that promote the health of both animal and soil. In honor of Mother’s Day, we are celebrating new mom Dede, and her vision for a world in which baby Eddy and you, her community, connect with the animals you eat. A world in which animals live happy and healthy lives.

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Dawn breaks over Root Down Farm, a 62 acre slice of agricultural heaven in Pescadero, the heart of California's Central Coast. Owner Dede Boies leases from Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST), an organization that protects and cares for open space, farms and parkland in and around Silicon Valley.


Dede Boies wakes early to begin the work of caring for her animals. She started the farm five years ago with the goal of raising the healthiest animals possible, while working within her ecosystem to responsibly steward the land and improve soil health.


Dede squeezes in a cuddle with farm dog Oaty before putting on her boots and heading out onto the farm. Her love of animals shapes Root Down Farm's mission to invest in the health and happiness of her flocks.


Root Down Farm's chickens, ducks, turkeys and pigs spend their days running and rooting around the farm, feasting on bugs, grubs & grass. Their diets are supplemented with organic vegetables, apples and non-GMO grain each morning.


Root Down Farm's sow, Betty, eagerly eats a breakfast of grains, after having given birth to piglets just one week before. Root Down Farm is bursting with new life this spring, including Dede's own newborn daughter, Eddy.


Dede has often heard that meat eaters couldn't possibly love animals. The way she sees it, though, is that her work honors her animals' lives and their nourishment of families like her own. "They live the best life possible before we get to eat them."


Root Down Farm grows and markets their own Delaware (heritage) and Red Ranger (hybrid) chickens, "old" breeds of poultry that grow at slow, healthy rates, reproduce naturally, thrive being active outside and, as a result, have better flavor.


Everyday is an adventure with a newborn. Dede and her wife Melissa are constantly learning how to balance farm demands with a growing family. They make a schedule each day with the knowledge that it's a constant evolution.


After taking care of farm tasks, Dede takes three-month old Eddy for a walk around the property to give Melissa a break from baby duty. She is thrilled to raise a child in this environment: surrounded by nature, eventually playing with the animals and (hopefully) getting dirty.


Another benefit of raising a child on a farm, and within a community passionate about food: Eddy will grow up eating very well.


Dede dedicates her life to raising animals that nourish other families. Now that she has her own child, eaters that invest in her small farm can in turn support Dede and Melissa in nourishing Eddy with good food.


Melissa bounces Eddy while Dede takes an order. While Melissa isn't directly involved in Root Down Farm, she is Dede's biggest champion and supporter.


Being a sole business owner can often be isolating, and sometimes it helps to have a thought partner outside the family. Another source of support is Kitchen Table Advisors. As Dede holds a sleeping Eddy, she and Farm Business Advisor Sarah Gearen review Root Down Farm's growth over the last year.


"We are respected, valued and supported by our greater community." Post-Its scrawled with Root down farm's values are a source of daily inspiration. Over the last couple years, Dede has learned to identify core values and where ideals need to be evaluated to support running a sustainable business.


After a long day of farm work, caring for a newborn and managing the operations of a small business, Dede, Melissa and Dede's father, Ed, relax in their living room for some cherished time with Eddy.


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The Markegards are a multi-generational ranching family pioneering regenerative practices and the force behind Markegard Family Grass-Fed. The Markegards steward over 8000 acres of land across the Bay Area, including the breathtaking ranch where they live in Pescadero, CA. Doniga and Erik, and their children, Leah, Larry, Quince and Quill raise healthy livestock and steward the land so our own families can eat well and future generations can live in a healthier world.


Photos and narrative by: Jonathan Fong