Dig Deep Farms is honored as Assembly District 20’s Small Business of the Year

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SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Quirk (D-Hayward) selected Dig Deep Farms as his 2022 Small Business of the Year Honoree. Every year, the California Small Business Association encourages members of the California Legislature to honor small businesses in their district. Assemblymember Quirk will be touring Dig Deep Farms San Leandro location and looks forward to honoring them at a future date.

“Dig Deep Farms has gone above and beyond helping address food insecurity in the district,” said Assemblymember Quirk, “they have been steadfast in making sure the community has access to nutritious food. Food Insecurity is very real and the pandemic has brought this issue to the forefront. I am happy to be honoring Dig Deep Farms.”

“Dig Deep Farms is honored to be selected as Small Business of the Year for Assembly District 20. Our farm staff truly appreciates this acknowledgement and support. It is an exciting and challenging time for us all. As we work to increase our community's access to healthy, local and regeneratively produced foods. Cohesive and collective interactions amongst all levels of our greater local communities are key to the achievement of the necessary and positive outcomes desired,” said Troy Horton and Sasha Shankar, Farm Manager’s at Dig Deep Farms.

Founded in 2010, Dig Deep Farms is a social-enterprise program that grows and distributes healthy food in the Alameda County communities of Ashland, Cherryland, and San Leandro. Their goal is to improve health and wellbeing in the Eden Area by creating jobs, reducing recidivism through re-entry internships and making nutrient-dense, fresh, locally grown food accessible to all. Dig Deep Farms currently operates six farms and provides daily relief for those experiencing food insecurity. All of these farms are using regenerative agriculture practices, which are contributing significantly to climate action goals as this style of agriculture sequesters more carbon from the atmosphere than any other type of agriculture.

“Dig Deep Farms is rooted in the heart of my district. I was impressed to see all of their efforts to make Assembly District 20 a better place to live and work. ”concluded Assemblymember Quirk.


Elected in 2012, Bill Quirk brings his PhD in astrophysics and career as an educator and scientist to the State Assembly. He is the Chair of the Assembly Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials. He is also Chair of the Select Committee on California’s Clean Energy Economy. He is a member of the Appropriations, Public Safety, Revenue and Taxation, and Utilities and Energy Committees. Website of Assemblymember Quirk: https://a20.asmdc.org/