Robina’s Organics, a 1-acre farm in Salinas, CA, practices an agroecological model of farming that produces mixed vegetables and specialty Asian greens and herbs. They also host a four-month, university-student training that focuses on climate change and agriculture. They received a $4,500 grant to install a small hoop house and further invest in natural pest control and pollinator habitation.
Their new hoophouse and pollinator habitat have provided a number of benefits. This season, they saw increased yields, less waste, fewer pest issues, and increased revenue. Owner Robina Bhatti told us there was, “…visibly less pest damage on crops, thanks to intercropping with herbs and flowers.” Their community outreach has also been a success. They’ve seen an increase in volunteer hours and received 20 WWOOFER applications in 2019!