Giving Back to Farmworker Families

Our harvest crews have been doing an excellent job at getting the bounty of the summer harvest out of the field. With the increase in work associated with the summer, we have added a group of temporary help – many of whom are students spending their summer away from school working. They show up eager and our experienced year-round employees are happy to get their help and provide the time needed to train the new people on the best way to harvest crops.

This cycle of students and seasonal workers working on farms in the summer is not new; in fact, it is the reason that summer is the season that schools take off. It was not that long ago that everyone had to pitch in during the summer to get the crops harvested and when schools developed their annual cycle, the reality of working to harvest crops in the summer was so huge that it dictated the school schedule.

As the new school year comes around again, the Kathleen Barsotti Non-Profit for Sustainable Agriculture is excited to donate new back packs with school supplies to the children of farm workers both on our farm and other local farms.

Carol, my brother Freeman’s wife, started the non-profit to honor our late mother who was always very conscious about the hard and essential work that is provided to our farm by the community. Mom paid attention to her farm workers and did whatever she could to support them and their families in their effort to live healthy, productive lives.

We raise money for this effort at our large events on our Capay farm. Last year, we were able to donate 443 backpacks and this year we expect an even greater need.

For this reason, we would really appreciate any donations you can provide our mom’s non-profit. These funds will go directly toward buying backpacks and school supplies that will be given to the children of the farm workers. We go from farm to farm to get sign-ups for the backpacks and then for distribution. It is support like these backpacks that show these kids that their society cares about them and wants them to do well in school and do the best they can for themselves and their community.

To donate, please visit our KBNP website at

Thank you for your support.

- Thaddeus

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Kathleen Barsotti

Kathleen was a pioneer in the organic agriculture movement founding one of Northern California's first certified organic farms, playing an instrumental role in the creation of the renowned Davis Farmers Market, and starting the successful CSA Farm Fresh To You.

She is beloved by all who knew her as a devoted student to ecological sciences, an excellent farmer, and loving mother of four sons.