Fire Tongue Farm is an 8 acre pepper farm in Santa Cruz, CA. Our goal is to grow a wide variety of flavorful, nutritious chile peppers for our customers to enjoy fresh and smoked. We are dedicated to maintaining a healthy environment on and around our farmland. We rotate our farmland between grazing sheep and growing peppers. We strive to build healthy soil, prevent erosion, protect wildlife habitat, and conserve water and other resources on our farm.
Our farm is dedicated to sustainable farming practices. Our land rotates through winter cover crops, summer peppers, and alternating years of sheep grazing. This allows us to only disturb the soil a few times every year and not at all in grazing years. We apply water directly to the plants through drip tape and do not overhead water our fields with sprinklers. We select open-pollinated, heirloom varieties and choose to support small organic seed companies that promote a diverse genetic pool for future agricultural generations. We have a small tractor, but most of the work is still done by hand. Our goal is always to build better soil and conserve resources while producing a quality hot pepper.