Coloma Valley Ag…the other gold in the hills

young farmer at Wakamatsu
Future 2nd Generation Farmer on the Old Tractor at the Wakamatsu Community Farm
While Coloma is known for its history of Gold Discovery and that is a significant and defining period of history for this magnificent region, agriculture has been a constant presence and is the Coloma Valley’s true gold. Yes, the Gold Rush brought a plethora of people to the region and along with that brought an increased need for farming, but as gold discovery waned, agriculture boomed.

Agriculture: the practice of farming, including cultivation of the soil for the growing of crops and the rearing of animals to provide food, wool, and other products. That is what the Coloma Valley has embodied for more than a century. Whether you are a fifth generation farmer or a first generation farmer there is a place for ag of all types. On any given day you can drive the figure 8 loop starting at Lotus and Gold Hill Road and find honor system roadside stands with sunflowers, tomatoes, blackberries, peaches, cucumbers and so much more. Come take a drive on parts of the historic Highway 49 and taste the bounty of the region.