A loan of $5,000 helped buy a second dehydrator to dry our organic apples from our orchard to put into our granola and other apple-related products!

Dan & Joanne's story

Neither one of us grew up on a farm. But we knew we wanted to move from the Berkeley flatlands to somewhere quiet. A place where we could see the stars at night.

We left our city jobs (suit, tie, BART commute, the whole nine yards) in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1998 and moved to a little house surrounded by apple trees on a windy hillside in western Sonoma County. We had the dream of making our little backyard plant nursery a business that could keep us in this beautiful place.

At first we didn't know what we were doing. It's been a lot of work -- actually, the work never stops -- but we are still here, facing the challenges and enjoying the view. Over the years, we've figured out how to run the farm, and when we're not socked in by fog, the Milky Way glows in the sky.

Our son was born a year after we moved here, and he now helps out at the Ferry Plaza Farmers' market. If you're in San Francisco on a Saturday morning, stop by and say Hello! Our stall is in the shadow of the Gandhi statue.

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About Little Apple Granola / Flatland Flower Farm

Industry: Agriculture
Years in operation: More than 5 years
Website: littleapplegranola.com


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