The Farm

88 Acres of Ridgetop Orchards ~ 360° Views of West Sonoma County

Gold Ridge Organic Farms is located 50 miles northwest of San Francisco in the rolling hills of Sebastopol in beautiful Sonoma County, California. Founder-Farmer Brooke Hazen settled here in 2001 knowing that sandy loam soils and coastal breezes would offer ideal conditions for farming. He planted 70 acres of olives, 16 acres of heirloom apples, a variety of citrus fruits, and English lavender.

The proximity of Gold Ridge Organic Farms to the Pacific Ocean in West Sonoma County offers unique benefits for farming. Temperatures are cooler than inland locations, thanks to generous breezes from the Sonoma Coast. The sandy loam of Gold Ridge soils provides excellent drainage and an outstanding natural chemical balance to all our orchards. These attributes encourage plant growth without vigor. This unique combination of soil, climate, and place is the foundation for growing our healthy and delicious fruit.

Olives

Italian, Spanish & French Cultivars

Our 70-acre olive orchard has approximately 13,000 trees and includes a diverse selection of Italian, Spanish, and French cultivars. The olives are harvested and then crafted into small lots of olive oil at the farm within hours of harvest at our onsite mill. The resulting oils are fresh, delicious, and high in antioxidants. All four blends are certified Extra Virgin annually by the California Olive Oil Council (COOC).

 

Apples

Heirloom Varieties & Perennial FavoriteS

Eighteen acres of apple varieties, including Honeycrisp, Fuji, and Pink Pearl, dot the rolling hills of the farm, interspersed with an array of beloved Heirloom apples. Dwarf apple trees were selected with hand harvesting in mind. A smaller portion of the orchards are devoted to European and Asian pear varieties.

We cherish our Heirloom apple varieties, including Hoople’s Antique Gold, Red Gravensteins, Hudson’s Golden Gem, Ashmeads Kernel, Cox Orange Pippin, and many others. Our commitment to preserving these antique apple varieties serves as a treasured link to the past and ensures their enjoyment by future generations.

Gold Ridge Organic apples are available for sale locally in Sonoma County, the San Francisco Bay Area, and regionally at Whole Foods Markets in Northern California and the Reno-Tahoe area.

Some apples are destined for apple cider, apple sauce, and our own forthcoming proprietary pear-apple cider vinegar and apple balsamic vinegar. Subscribe to our mailing list for first access to the latest releases.

 

Citrus

Unique Selections of Organic California CitruS

Citrus groves of Meyer Lemons, Mandarin-Kumquats, Blood Oranges, and a handful of other varieties are peppered around the farm and surround the courtyard entry to our Olive Mill.

Gold Ridge Organic Farms citrus fruits are available for sale locally in Sonoma County and regionally in Northern California. Our citrus Olive Oils are available for purchase on our web store.

And with the sprig of a fruited olive, man is purified in extreme health.
— Virgil, Aeneid

Custom Olive Milling

Your Olives, Our State-of-the-art Italian Rapanelli Olive Press

We offer custom olive milling for conventional and Certified Organic growers, large and small, with a 50-pound minimum. During olive harvest, we process fruit in our beautiful, state-of-the-art Italian Rapanelli olive press, October through December.  We can process two tons of fruit per hour with our two-phase blade method press. We also offer bottling services. Milling is available by appointment only.

Interested customers may contact us via info@goldridgeorganicfarms.com for more information.

Organics

A Commitment to People & the Land

Gold Ridge Organic Farms is committed to organic farming and promoting healthy farm-to-table foods. Our olives, apples, and citrus are Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth (OTCO). The mill is Certified Organic by California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF). The certification process holds us accountable to the highest standards.

Our Gold Ridge Olive Oils achieve Extra Virgin status annually through the certification process by the California Olive Oil Council (COOC). The COOC assures the quality of real California Extra Virgin Olive Oil, through rigorous lab analysis and sensory testing by a panel of experts each harvest season. The COOC certification is recognized internationally for the highest standards of quality. You will find the COOC seal on each one of our bottles of Extra Virgin Olive Oil, along with the year of harvest.

We proudly use our windmill to harness prevalent maritime breezes and contribute to the clean energy grid.

I was inspired by a great love affair with the grace and elegance of the olive tree. I believe it is the most beautiful of all crops to grow. It started with planting and growing olive trees and naturally expanded into pressing the olives into olive oil.
— Founder, Farmer Brooke Hazen

Brooke Hazen

Founder & farmer

Brooke Hazen always dreamed of growing and selling farm to table foods under his own brand. A Southern California native, Brooke grew up loving the ocean and the natural world. His affinity for the land, healthy living, and natural foods eventually led him to move north in order to study Agriculture at Humboldt State. Brooke’s vision was to grow nutritious, organic foods and to sell them to his community in the San Francisco Bay Area. In the early days, he grew row crops and sold them at Farmers Markets. In 2001, Brooke’s dream to own land became a reality when he purchased 88 acres of pastureland in bucolic Sebastopol for olive, apples, and citrus and it became Gold Ridge Organic Farms. When he's not farming, Brooke has written a book on holistic health.

Andrea Lederle

Director of Business Operations

Andrea Lederle joined the Gold Ridge team in 2018 as a veteran of the wine world. In her youth she visited her dairy farmer grandparents in Michigan and farming became important in her life. She grew fond of open spaces and mountain landscapes during her childhood in Boulder, Colorado. Formative years spent studying in Paris, France inspired a life-long appreciation for food, wine, and a sense of place. Andrea enjoys connecting with people, promoting organic products, and representing the farm in the greater community. Today, she appreciates her short commute, her labradoodle Charley, and the bucolic views surrounding the orchards.

Guillermo Rojas

Master Olive Miller

Guillermo is the Master Miller, and has been trained by Rapanelli, Pablo Cabanassas, and Pablo Voitzku in the latest techniques for creating the highest quality olive oil. Hailing from Michoacan, Mexico he now calls Sonoma County home. He has worked for Gold Ridge Organic Farms since 2015. For the 15 years prior, he worked in the wine industry, tending grape vines. Guillermo is an accomplished mechanic who runs all aspects of the press and keeps our other machinery in optimal working order. In his free time, he enjoys tinkering with cars and spending time with his family. He also plays guitar, electric bass, and sings in a Mariachi band.

Naomi Ansbergs

Marketing & Sales

Naomi Ansbergs grew up in a small town south of Boston but found herself drawn to the vastness and beauty of the American West from an early age. Her summers were reluctantly spent helping her mother tend the vegetable and herb gardens on their ¼ acre suburban farmette, knowing the reward would be enjoyed in the kitchen. A desire to share her deep connection to the land with others through food, writing, visual storytelling, and direct experience has informed her career. She joined the Gold Ridge Organic Farms team in 2021 and manages digital marketing, sales, and creative development. Naomi especially enjoys collaborating with local makers to create farm products grounded in showcasing the bounty and natural beauty of Sonoma County.

 

Japan Olive Oil Prize - Gold Award
NYIOOC 2020 - Gold Award
NYIOOC 2021 - Gold Award
Los Angeles International Spririst Competition - Gold Award
COOC Extra Virgin Oilive Oil Competition - Gold Award

Your facility is beautiful! Your olive oil is fantastic, and the specialty chocolate with olive oil is super delicious (wish they made at least 80% chocolate to cut down on the sugar). As an aside, I absolutely loved the front gates!

Bonnie K., San Francisco Bay Area, CA

My feedback on Meyer Lemon Blend Olive Oil: I love it and think you’re doing great work…a credit to the community!

Barbara C., Santa Rosa, CA

AMAZING true olive oil! The taste and texture is divine, but for us this oil has been a blessing beyond the gourmet, our autistic son has had tremendous leaps forward in healing and development, this oil is truly brain food pure and healing. Thank you for what you do!

Laina S., Naples, FL

[The tour and tasting were] very interesting and informative. Thank you.

Kristen T., Sonoma County, CA

I learned so much! Loved the samples - very generous! I am sharing my purchases with my friends, too. I made pancakes to try the apple syrup and that was a hit! Thanks to the polite and knowledgeable staff. We had a great time! We bought a few items, for us and as gifts. You have an impressive operation that we will continue to support! Thank you for your customer care, attention to detail, and knowledge. Excellence shows!

Gerard G., Napa, CA

The best, unparalleled olive oil I’ve ever had! Apple cider syrup is also second to none! What is the most impressive to me is that all of the ingredients are freshly grown, organically made! Simply the best!

Jeongbum S., San Francisco Bay Area , CA

A friend gifted me the assorted tins for Christmas and I am very impressed. Delicious oil. As I cannot do dairy and do not like margerines I found scrambling my egg in this olive oil was sublime. You don't want to waste it on dishes where you cannot get the full impact of its delicious flavor. I am hooked.

Jean M., Grants Pass, OR

I will NEVER go back to store bought oils! The difference in taste between fresh and store bought was extraordinary.

Sheryl P., Cheboygan, MI

My entire experience was wonderful. The order arrived in a very timely manner, and the product is excellent!

Barb G., Bonners Ferry, ID

We love the Honeycrisp-Fuji Apple Cider syrup! Thank you!

Sarah H., Culver City, CA

Great products, excellent service!

Karen K., Los Angeles, CA

Recipients of the EVOO were delighted. Nice to get positive feedback from foodies.

Yvonne , Sebastopol, CA

Very good people and service.

Mateo S.

Always a pleasure working with Gold Ridge Organic Farms for custom milling. Very professional, helpful and friendly.

Bill M.

Delicious products and a beautiful view.

Steven M.

So far have been splashing Minerva on our pasta. No more boring pasta dinners! The details were also good - packing material, gold tab on bottle for opening, info for using each oil, drop down tab to cover spout opening, etc… Every detail well planned.

Patti L., Bellevue, WA

Thank you providing this service to our community. I was so happy to be able to have my olives individually milled this year. In the past I have always participated in a community press. So this is the first time I have been able to taste my very own olive oil! Thanks for making that possible!

Mary Lee M.

We've only opened up one bottle so far but we are pleased. I'm a bit of an olive oil snob. Your oil has flavor and smells like fresh grass. I put it on my air popped popcorn with salt. It's delicious! So glad I found you! Can't wait to try the other oils and get the new harvest oils in the future!

Debbie V., Boulder, CO

Everything is so great! Love the tins as much as the bottles and enjoying both right now. Love giving these oils as gifts too!

Laurie S., Sonoma, CA

The olive oils are excellent. My favourites are Tuscan and Arbequina and the fact that they are organic makes them even better. Also the packaging is exceptional.

Joanne H., Red Bluff, CA

I’m very happy with your Arbequina Blend. It’s smooth and fresh. It makes everything taste elegant. I love it. I also love your Minerva olive oil.

Cheri R.

The Strawberry Parfait apples made a lovely, fluffy applesauce in a soft pink color. Not as deep a color as the Pink Pearls, and the flavor is milder than other varieties in the markets here - but very pretty nonetheless... With a wee bit of my "secret ingredient" it tastes great!

Jennie C.

I recently picked up some Gold Ridge Organic Farms strawberry parfait apples from Whole Foods. They are some of the best apples I’ve ever had.

Samantha E.

Excellent packaging and true authentic organic extra virgin olive oil with the bite to the palate that distinguishes it from poor quality and purported EV olive oils. Thanks again expect repeated orders to come!

Ty J., Hemet, CA

LOVE IT!!! I take a shot of olive oil every day. (Along w/all the other stuff we use EVOO for!). Picholine Blend is high in polyphenols, which is why I chose this blend… I'm after the health benefits of higher polyphenols… I love that Gold Ridge is organic, I love all the awards they have, I love that they are a small farm, I love the taste and quality of the olive oil!

Ashley C., Murrieta, CA

I received my shipment in good order. I have opened the Tuscan Blend and was very impressed with its flavor and finish. The others I have not tried at this time. Since I, also, am a very small olive grower and making some organic extra virgin olive oil, I love to try other oils.

Marilyn M., Calistoga, CA

Love love love my order! I was introduced to the goldridge olive oil from My real good greens delivery that I started. I love the olive oil so much that I order a bottle almost every week. I also told a girlfriend about it, she ordered some, and I ordered some for My mom and sister who live in New York. I have never had such amazing olive oil, and absolutely love it! Thanks

Nancy S., San Francisco, CA

Five Stars!!!!  Thank you Andrea and Brooke!  LOVE your product!!!  Hope that Montage Healdsburg can send guests for tasting, special events some day!  Hotel opens November 18!!

Laurie S., San Clemente, CA

I am happy with the Arbequina olive oil.  I had been looking for a long time for an olive oil appropriate for making a vinaigrette that was flavorful without being overpowered by the strong taste of the olive oil.  And now I have found it!  Thank you!

Deborah , Del Mar, CA

We love this oil. I feel better about consuming an oil that is actually good for you as long as I don’t over heat it or use too much of it at once

Irene D., Port Townsend, WA

Amazing!!!

Merhunisa K., Bronx, NY

I love this olive oil.  I had been looking and trying many olive oils to try to find a mild but flavorful oil that would not overwhelm salad dressings and vegetables.  This is absolutely a perfect oil for these purposes.  I now also use it as my overall go to olive oil.  It enhances and does not detract from other flavor profiles.  Just delicious!  I also love the pouring spout that was included in my first order.  I love it so much I even sent this oil to a friend of mine who also loves to cook.

Deborah M., Del Mar, CA

We appreciate the chance to support local artists. 

We’re on a keto diet that requires us to consume a cup of oil a day. Your sampler has made this program tasty! 

It was flawless and the packaging was perfect! 

Excellent! Gave some to my mom, sister, and son/fiancé for Xmas. They loved it! My son and fiancé (in colorado) said it is the best olive oil they have ever had! My mom and sister are repeat gifts. My mom asked for more of the goldridge olive oil for Christmas. Always pleased with goldridge.

Nancy S., San Francisco, CA

I LOVE your olive oil so much. It is smooth and bright and delightful. AND its the only oil I wanted to provision my upcoming sailing adventure with for 6 months!

Thank you.

Aria A., Hallandale Beach, FL

I am very happy with your product. Shipping was fast and quality is excellent!

Danielle L., Sequim, WA

Great arrived before we expected it. Andrea is wonderful, she knew what we wanted with just......it begins with a P

John G., Lake Oswego, WA

I'm only on my first of the trio, Minerva, but I'm already super happy with my order. And, as a longtime connoisseur, you are now one of my favorite olive oils, not kiddin, and will now be in my regular rotation. Thank you for the complimentary pour spout. I never liked their idea as to keep oxygen out. But I love it. Super convenient and makes it easy to pour all over the place.

Homero D., Driftwood, TX

Great service and love the olive oil!!

Deb , Perry, MO