Riverhill Farm owners retire — but the farm will continue

Antonio and Alan

Riverhill Farm owners Alan Haight and Jo McProud are retiring after 16 years, but the farm — a local farming stalwart and a pioneer of the local farm-to-table movement — will continue.

“Along with a series of last times doing things to end this season, this will be my last season farming,” Alan wrote in a newsletter.

“To address these issues, we’ve worked out a lease agreement with (our farm manager) Antonio (Garza) that provides the best circumstances and likelihood of his success as an independent young farmer. Included in the lease is virtually everything that we have created over the 16 years we’ve been in business: the good soil, the wells, the greenhouse, the farm stand, the tractor and equipment, the relationships with the (BriarPatch) co-op, Three Forks, the farmers markets…and you.

“Our unique Farm Card will continue (and any remaining balance from this season will be honored), and lettuce will continue to be grown.

“Riverhill will still be at the Truckee and the Nevada City farmers’ markets, and we hope that you will be, too. Growing good crops is important, and I know that Antonio will do that, and he’ll get them to market on time and in excellent condition.”

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

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