Lee and Wayne James are a sister and brother farming team growing food on a 20-acre farm in Santa Rosa, California located in the heart of the Sonoma County Wine Country just 70 miles north of San Francisco.
In addition to growing diversified and unique market crops and some of the sweetest strawberries in the county, the farmers also specialize in a vast array of chiles and sweet peppers, dried beans, and dried corn varieties for popcorn, cornmeal and masa.
Lee and Wayne bring the harvest to market through the Tierra Vegetables CSA Program, as well as selling produce at the Farm Stand located in the Big White Barn on the farm itself, and at the San Francisco Ferry Plaza Farmers Market on Saturday mornings; Tierra produce can also be purchased at the Santa Rosa Original Certified Farmers Market on Wednesdays only. A variety of local and regional chefs also regularly source their ingredients at the farm.
This brother and sister team has been farming since 1980 and needless to say they know how to grow an excellent carrot.
We build soil health through crop rotation and the practice of recycling mineral nutrients via composting. We farm cooperatively with the "pests" that arrive each year. We also feed our animals with excess crops to sustain them as well.
We recycle, reuse and repurpose through our system of rainwater irrigation in the greenhouse as well as our innovative practice of processing and preserving the harvest in our commercial kitchen, providing canned, frozen and dried products to enjoy throughout the year.
We teach sustainability when farmer Wayne takes school groups on a tour of the fields brimming with educational outdoor opportunities, as well as fellow farmers who come for tours and a supportive information-sharing consultation.
Through the efforts and resilience of Wayne and Lee James, both experienced and committed farmers, Tierra Vegetables provides sustenance from the crops that are grown as well as sustaining the employees and their families with a fair living wage, enabling them to grow and prosper within our county.
When you come to Tierra Vegetables for the food that sustains you, we welcome that support as part of an investment in keeping the cycle of farming alive, allowing us to grow and harvest another season of abundance.
In this practice of sustainability we are all committed to one another for our survival and prosperity: the land, the people, and the environment.