Dru Rivers & Paul Miller – Full Belly Farm Collaborative Farmers

Dru and Paul - farm conference key note speakers 2019

Keynote: Hands in the Soil: Three Decades of Integrated Organic Farming

Workshop: Three Steps to Success: How we integrate animals and crops for long term environmental stewardship, adapting to climate change, and creating solid marketing partnerships.

  • Whole farm integration of soil building, tillage choices, cover crops, animals and four season farming crops for cash flow and economic stability.
  • Designing for resilience in the face of climate swings with farm planning and design, hedgerows, soil carbon accumulation, and fine tuning human capacities including roles of the next generation on the farm.
  • Our market strategies, regional branding and collaborative marketing with neighboring farms.

Full Belly Farm is a 400-acre certified organic farm located in the beautiful Capay Valley of Northern California, north of Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay area. Full Belly has been farmed using organic practices since 1985 and is certified by California Certified Organic Farmers.

The farm owners are Andrew Brait, Judith Redmond, Paul Muller, Dru Rivers, Jenna Muller, and Amon Muller. With help from about 80 employees, the farm produces an amazing diversity of vegetables, herbs, nuts, flowers, and fruits year-round. The farm also has a flock of chickens and sheep, a tribe of goats, and several cows.

Full Belly’s system includes: growing and marketing over 80 different crops; providing year-round employment for farm labor; using cover crops that fix nitrogen and provide organic matter for the soil; selling produce within a 120-mile radius of the farm; and planting habitat areas for beneficial insects and wildlife. One of the farm’s goals is to integrate farm production with longer-term environmental stewardship.

Full Belly products are marketed both wholesale and retail to restaurants, at farmers markets and through a Community Supported Agriculture project, or CSA.

Full Belly is home to many outreach activities, including educational tours, school group visits, and the much-acclaimed annual Hoes Down Harvest Festival that celebrates rural life and sustainable food production.