Mountain Bounty Farm is located on the San Juan Ridge in the Sierra Nevada foothills, 20 minutes from Nevada City and Grass Valley. We are the oldest and largest CSA farm in Nevada County. Founder John Tecklin has been farming since the early 1990’s and started Mountain Bounty in 1997. The farm is nestled in fertile fields at two sites that are less than 2 miles from the Yuba River. Our “home” fields are just off of Purdon road and our newer large field is on Birchville road. 2015 is our 18th growing season. We grow a diverse mixture of vegetables and flowers for our 500 member CSA program. We also participate in the Nevada City farmers market on Saturday mornings beginning in June.
The farm is run by owners John Tecklin and Angie Tomey and field managers Missy Neville, Abby Carnevale, Cory Jones. Additionally, CSA manager Mielle Chenier-Cowan Rose, Number Czarina and bookkeeper Catherine Janicke, Delivery driver Jason Berger, 6 seasonal field crew, and 3 wonderful new interns round out the crew this year. We are very fortunate to have such a fun, talented, and hardworking crew!
We aim to provide a reliable local source of the highest quality produce for Nevada County residents, and to work towards the economic sustainability of our rural community. We also want the farm to be a place of inspiration and beauty, a place to reconnect to food and the joys of food culture. We hope that Mountain Bounty will be a farm to celebrate, a farm that you help create and sustain for the future.
Our Growing Practices
We’ve been working on getting certified organic this year- the process will be complete by May 2015. I have resisted this for 20 years, largely because I viewed it as another time- and money-consuming paperwork chore (like taxes; but don’t worry, we’ve been paying our taxes!) that wouldn’t really benefit the farm or the people who eat our produce. We’ve always met or exceeded the organic standards anyway, so organic certification will not change much about how we grow your food, except for minor changes to our record keeping. As the farm has grown and developed over the years, our methods, skills, and the land have improved to the point that we occasionally have excess bounty of various crops. We’ve chosen to become certified organic so it will be easier to sell that excess produce to grocery stores at a decent price. Organic certification will also make it easier for folks to understand our methods who may not understand the nuances of organic farming.
Nonetheless, we remain as committed as ever to the CSA ideal of building a relationship of trusting support between farmers and eaters. Thanks for believing in us.