David Retsky started County Line Harvest on a six-acre plot on the Sonoma-Marin County line before moving over the hill in 2007 to Red Hill Ranch in Marin County. Shortly after settling in on the new property, Marin Agriculture Land Trust acquired the easement on Red Hill Ranch, preserving it forever as farmland. Not only did this new property provide more acreage for cultivation, but the abundance of renewable on-site water and the MALT easement helped ensure the continuation of County Line's goal to provide fresh produce to its surrounding communities. Over the years, CLH has developed a strong relationship with Greenleaf Produce, a distribution company in San Francisco that provides a wide variety of products to restaurants throughout the Bay Area. Greenleaf’s commitment to the farm has provided the support needed to sustain our business.
Over the past few years, there has been an ever-increasing demand for organically-grown produce, and alongside a growing customer base, it seemed the perfect time to expand. Following the models of other successful farms, we found a property in the Coachella Valley, about 2 ½ hours east of Los Angeles. With the first harvest in October 2010, County Line South now provides year-round availability of the sweet lettuces and tender salad greens that have become our trademark, as well as many other crops that have only lengthened the varied list of what we grow.