Gold Ridge Organic Farms, Sebastopol
Gold Ridge Organic Farms was started by Brooke Hazen in 2001, when he fell in love with a parcel of pasture land in West Sonoma County. The farm is located 1.5 hours north of San Francisco, in the rolling hills of Sebastopol, where coastal breezes and optimal soils provide ideal growing conditions for 70 acres of olives. They grow their olives using organic farming methods and then press them into four organic olive oils on-site in a certified organic state-of-the-art Italian Rapanelli mill.
An important component of Brooke’s vision was to grow his crops with organic farming practices and to offer healthy farm to table products for the community. He sought council from local farmers and finished by planting 70 acres of heirloom apples and 18 acres of mixed olive varieties. He established a mix of cultivars with the intention to craft four different olive oils – A Spanish, French and two Italian inspired blends. All crops are certified organic.