Located on fertile soils in a valley between sunny hilltops, Filaki Farms can be found on the border between Nevada and Yuba counties. Founded in 1998 by Juan Jose Domingo, the farm’s name comes from the Greek word filo, which means love. Juan Jose and his wife Eve are pleased to welcome the community to their farm on Sunday, August 16, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., for BriarPatch’s fifth annual farm tour.
On the tour they will show the group how they grow wonderful organic Piel de Sapo melons, Amarillo Oro melons, cantaloupe, Padron peppers, red Russian kale, dino kale, green kale, red chard, rainbow chard, spinach, arugula, and much more. The farm has a large barn and six hoop houses of all shapes and sizes, and there are plenty of shade trees. Cool drinks and fresh samples will be on-hand to keep everyone happy.
Juan Jose comes from a village outside of Valencia, Spain, where he grew up working on his family’s farm with his father, uncles, and neighbors. When he arrived in California 28 years ago, he learned about organic farming practices and immediately began integrating them into the body of traditional knowledge he had absorbed as a boy. Eve began farming with Juan Jose a little over 10 years ago, and is now also an “indoor farmer” at BriarPatch, where she works with the plants and flowers.
For those inclined to enjoy more of Yuba County, a lunch specially prepared at Yuba Harvest Deli, just minutes from the farm, will be available for purchase. Panini sandwiches (tri-tip, chicken, or vegan Reuben) and green salad will be available for $12.00, and pre-orders and pre-payment for the lunch are much appreciated. Contact Yuba Harvest, firstname.lastname@example.org, 701-3577.
Driving to Oregon House from Grass Valley takes 45 to 50 minutes.