WHAT WE RAISE AND WHAT WE GROW
At Fogline, we use to raise a mix of Tamworth, Old Spot and Berkshire hogs ourselves. Currently, due to land access issues, we have partnered with Your Family Farm in Panoche Valley, for our market hogs. They raise the same mix we once did. Their operation is all outdoors and on pasture, and the hogs are fed a non-gmo diet. The heritage breed cross offspring grow fast and strong and have outstanding flavor.
We raise Cornish Cross broilers on pasture and these birds are the main engine of our fertility program. Our meat birds are raised in low density chicken tractors and moved to fresh ground every day. These birds are famous in our community for their freshness and flavor profile.
AT THE FOGLINE
Fogline Farm has been in operation since 2009. Since then, a lot of changes have occurred. In 2009, Johnny Wilson began leasing a beautiful 40-acre apple orchard in the Soquel hills above Santa Cruz. In 2010, Caleb Barron and Jeffrey Caspary joined the team. For 4 years, the farm grew in abundance as pasture-raised broilers fertilized the vegetable fields. Egg laying chickens and heritage hogs roamed the orchard keeping it clean of weeds and pests while fertilizing the trees. Fogline managed a CSA and grew there farmer's market presence. In 2014, the historic 100-year old Manildi Ranch was sold and the original family moved away. And so did Johnny and Jeffrey. Caleb took over ownership and management. The integrated management continued, but with the new owners arriving and a need to expand the livestock program, the need for a new property was on the horizon.
ON THE RANCH
In 2016, Fogline Farm leased 10 acres from Rodoni Farms. This beautiful ranch, with sprawling views of the pacific ocean and the golden hills that form the central coast, is just 3 miles North of Santa Cruz. At the Rodoni Ranch, Fogline Farm is able to give their certified organic, pasture-raised broilers more pasture to move around on, and a more moderate coastal climate.