Research, Planning, Analysis and Communication
Yolo County, California
SWA Group, Sausalito
Lead Landscape Architect: Cinda Gilliland
Designers: Katherine Jenkins, Michael Pon
Client: Alemaya Farm, LLC
The Alemaya Farm Project is a body of research that develops an approach to sustainable, organic and crop-producing farming for a client with no prior farming experience. Located on a 70-acre hayfield in the fertile valley of Capay, home to several well established organic farms in northern California. The research was split into three parts: a series of four closely related case studies of nearby farms to understand the functional and spatial configuration of farm planning; detailed design recommendations for appropriate programming and facility functioning; and an all-season planting list with specific planting cards that understands the local landscape, habitat needs, and creates environments for beneficial insects and wildlife. The result is a practical guide for developing an ecologically sustainable organic farm that optimizes efficiency in land use and work flow, while also providing a beautiful, seasonal landscape and environmental habitat.