Everyone’s Harvest Market Days: Mondays in Pacific Grove
Produce: See Inzana Ranch Seasonal Produce Chart
Farmland: Three sites near Hughson, CA—160 acres
People: Tony Inzana and Joye are the owners of Inzana Ranch. The ranch is a menagerie of ducks, geese, chickens, cats, dogs, cows, a horse, a goat and all kinds of birds. They are visited by coyotes, hawks and at least three barn owls. They also have bats, which are unbelievably difficult to persuade to leave. Tony’s wife, Joy, is in charge of all of the animals. At the PG Market you will always find Tony and Joye’s friendly faces.
Certifications: Certified Producer in Stanislaus County, Registered by the State of California as an Organic Grower that is certified Organic by California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF).
Farm History: Tony and Joye Inzana are co-owners and purchased an 1890 Victorian on 100 acres in 1985. The property, including the house and land, had been vacant and unused for four years. It has come a long way but remains a work in progress. Tony grew up in Southern California near Port Hueneme. His extended family farmed avocados and lemons nearby, and as a boy Tony would make forts in the eucalyptus trees between the orchards. He began farming after serving in the Air Force, looking forward to the opportunity to build something.
Pest Management: Inzana Ranch uses pheromones—chemicals produced and released by insects that modify the behavior of their recipients. The pheromones attract male insects to traps, reducing the reproduction of the pest.
Weed Control: Weeds are controlled manually with a hoe and with mulch.
Personal Note: In the past 10 years Inzana Ranch has added geothermal heating and air conditioning, and has completely transitioned to solar electrical power. They have installed a 60 KW solar electric system with 350+ solar panels, which meet the total electrical requirements of the ranch. “Joye makes sure we get credit for every amp, too!” says Tony.
What motivates you to do this work? Tony enjoys spending time outside and working in the agriculture field because it keeps him busy year-round. There is always something to do in the field, from harvesting produce to getting the soil ready to grow the new crops.
To Contact: 209-883-2935