Meet the Farmers
Radical Family Farms was founded in 2019 by Sarah Deragon and Leslie Wiser, and is led by Wiser, a Queer, 1st-Generation Taiwanese/Chinese/German/Polish American. Located in Sebastopol, CA on Coast Miwok and Southern Pomo land, we work to heal the land and heal ourselves by using non-mechanized and non-extractive farming methods (aka climate smart, carbon farming, regenerative, no-till, chemical-free methods). Farming in this way is an intensely laborious process that requires the support of a large farm crew. Our farm feeds the Bay Area's Asian American communities through our mission to grow nutrient-dense Asian heritage produce and herbs as a means to explore and strengthen our cultural identities. Our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program delivers weekly Asian-centered produce boxes and flower bouquets to San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, and Sonoma County. As farmers, we create transparency and shorten the supply chain by delivering directly to our drop points and to those who are home-bound. This allows our community to receive farm flowers and nutrient-dense, local, & culturally relevant produce needed to stay healthy during the pandemic.
Asian Americans make up less than 1% of the farmers in America due to a long history of systemic racism on local, state and federal levels. Growing Asian vegetables in Sonoma County is a significant feat considering the historical anti-Chinese sentiment here. Despite these barriers, we are very proud that the farm has become a thriving safe haven for QTAPI (Queer Trans Asian Pacific Islanders) and BIPOC (Black Indigenous People of Color) to heal, learn and work in agriculture and farming - where we see ourselves and defy white supremacy by growing the crops of our heritage.