our background

Dan and Caitlin's future in farming together was sealed as soon as it started.  The couple met, the only two Americans, at a sustainable farming course in Australia.  

 

With an equal spark for ecological regeneration, Dan and Caitlin joined forces professionally, co-creating their education and consulting organization, SweetSoil LLC, in Petaluma, CA.

 

Together they regularly consulted Dole Fresh Vegetables, San Francisco Waste Management, as well as farms and vineyards in Sonoma and Napa, CA in sustainable operations.  

 

Caitlin & Dan lead multiple 72-hr. Permaculture Design Courses (PDCs), and organized/co-taught

40-hr. Soil Foodweb Intensives.   

 

Dan & Caitlin are also Soil Foodweb Advisors.  The two trained closely with Dr. Elaine Ingham for over a year. They developed a compost tea brewer with Dr. Ingham, which they manufactured and sold under SweetSoil.  

 

Additionally, they professionally analyzed soil samples and conducted sustainable food production studies for non-profits such as the Rodale Institute.

 

Prior to working together, Caitlin was the Permaculture Curator, Instructor, and Propagation Specialist at the Los Angeles Arboretum & Botanic Garden.  For over a decade, she taught classes, installed edible and sustainable gardens with the design group she founded, SayPermaculture!, and gave professional consultations as a trained Herbalist.  She holds a cum laude degree in Botany from the University of Hawai'i, with a minor in Ethnobotany, and is a Mensa Scholar.

 

Dan received his Certificate in Permaculture Design from grasslands expert; Brock Doleman; certification in Keyline Design from world expert Darren Doherty; Advanced Permaculture Design Certification from Geoff Lawton; additional studies with Permaculture Co-Founder, David Holmgren; and Soil Advisor Certification from microbiologist Dr. Elaine Ingham.  Dan, a dedicated volunteer for SPAWN, a non-profit dedicated to salmon protection and watershed restoration, received their prestigious Volunteer of the Year Award, for over 1,000 hrs of service.  Dan graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in Marketing.  

Caitlin and Dan were drawn to create their own farm in order to expand the practices of diversified, pasture-raised, nature-based, nutrient-dense, local food to another level, and to share and enjoy the high-quality foods they produce and adore so much.

 

After years of determined research into logistics and the development of their own take on plant and animal systems, they founded Copia Farm!  

 

Today they feel like they've hit their stride - living, designing, and fervently farming at Copia full-time.  

We vote three times a day; we create tomorrow's food system and landscape with every bite we eat - Joel Salatin