As the historical inhabitants of California’s Capay Valley, our homeland is at the heart of our culture and heritage. Our long term view towards stewardship and environmental sustainability reflects a sacred commitment to this land and to the well being of future generations. Today, we are proud to share the bounty of the Capay Valley through our estate grown wines and extra virgin olive oils.
With over 25,000 acres in production, Yocha Dehe owns one of the most diverse farming operations in Yolo County and is one of the few tribes with expanding agriculture in California. Of the 3,000 acres currently being farmed, 250 acres are certified organic, and more than 1,200 acres of the Tribe’s land are in permanent conservation easements.
Our Tribe takes great pride in managing and cultivating more than 12 different crops and using best practices for sustainable farming. Natural systems include the use of beneficial insects, cover crops, mulching, drip systems and careful crop rotation cycles. In partnership with Cache Creek Conservancy and the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the Tribe is also removing invasive species that displace wildlife-friendly plants and increase erosion and flooding in the Capay Valley.
We conventionally farm 16 crops on our land, including alfalfa, almonds, oat hay, olives, rye grass, safflower, garbanzo beans, sunflower, sorghum, walnuts, wheat and wine grapes. On our 250 acres of certified organic fields, we grow organic wheat, asparagus, tomatoes and squash, and partner with local growers who cultivate a rotation of organic row crops. In addition to the farming operation, Yocha Dehe runs a growing herd of 800 cattle in Capay Valley, following a sustainable grazing program on the Tribe’s 12,000 acres of rangeland.
With a focus on conservation and sustainability, we are committed to teaching our next generations to respect and care for the land.