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Northern & Central California Coast & Valleys

North Coast


Coastal Northern California Vegetable Gardening

Community Supported Agriculture in Humboldt County

Farmers Markets

North Coast Growers Association Farmers Markets

Humboldt County Farmers Markets



Napa/Sonoma Resources

Napa Local Food

Sonoma Farms and Farmers Markets

Sonoma County Food and Farming Project

The Sonoma County Food and Farming Project has launched a series of short videos featuring people that are participating in the agricultural movement back to small-scale farming and attentive land-use.

Sonoma County Food and Farming Project

SF Bay Area


San Francisco Bay Farmers Markets

The Ferry Plaza Farmers Market in San Francisco is open three days a week—Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.  On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the smaller markets occupy the front of the Ferry Building along the Embarcadero; on Saturdays, the much larger market is held both in front of the Ferry Building and on the rear plaza overlooking the Bay.

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

North Bay Farmers Markets

Central Coast


The Central California coast has a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and cool, moist winters. Some valleys such as the Salinas Valley are major agricultural centers. Major crops include lettuce, artichokes, spinach, celery, tomatoes, strawberries, citrus, avocados, grapes, and nursery products.

Salinas Valley Photoblog

Maven's photoblog has beautiful pictures of Salinas Valley agriculture with interesting information.

Maven's Photoblog

Central Valley


The Central Valley includes the valley basins of the Sacramento River flowing from the North and the San Joaquin River flowing from the South into the Delta and San Pablo Bay. Soils are generally deep, well-drained and loamy or clayey. The region has a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and mild, somewhat wet winters. The annual precipitation ranges from 5” in the South to 30 “ in the North.

The California Central Valley is one of the major agricultural areas of the world. More than half of the valley is in cropland, about ¾ of which is irrigated. Major crops include rice, almonds, apricots, olives, grapes, cotton, citrus, and vegetables.

Larger cities include Redding, Chico, Davis, Sacramento, Stockton, Modesto, Merced, Fresno, and Bakersfield.

Central Valley Gardening Resources

Central Valley Planting Dates (Courtesy of Sanctuary Soil)

Oroville, Chico, Paradise 

Oroville, Chico, Paradise Farmers Markets


Sacramento Vegetable Gardening Blog

Master Gardeners of Sacramento

Sacramento Area Community Garden Coalition

Organic Gardening Club of Sacramento County

Central Valley Photo Blog

Maven's photo blog includes wonderful pictures, information, and her thoughts from her travels through farming areas in California.

Sacramento Valley Farmlands

Sacramento River Delta

Western San Joaquin Valley Corporate Agriculture