Andy and Ali run Briza Farms in the Redwoods of Mendocino County.
Briza is an abundant grass in Northern California often called Rattlesnake Grass for the sound it makes when it waves in the wind. Nestled in the redwoods on a ridge overlooking the picturesque Anderson Valley, Andy was born in a surplus army tent to two back-to-the-land lovers and runs the farm together with his partner Ali.
The land has a special climate above the fog and even with the higher elevations rarely freezes.
Because of the inversion layer’s effect, the location is ideal for growing just about everything. In addition to giant redwoods, there are two types of figs, apples, cherries, blackberries, huckleberries and loquats all on land that grew Anderson Valley’s first vineyards. With over 30 chickens and three cats, there are lots of animals to share the love of the land.