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Columbia Gorge

Behind the Columbia Gorge packing house, a thousand feet above the Columbia River, in the beautiful Hood River valley, you will find dirt – long, beautiful, and rich steaming windrows of composting dirt hundreds of feet long. Ronny and Jimmy Stewart, and their tireless mom, Sheryl, know that rich and healthy soil is a big part of their success, and the compost goes back to their 150 acre Stewart Farm every spring to fertilize the trees. That compost starts as what are literally the “plate scrapings” from their operation, plus ground-up broken shipping pallets and sawdust. They have been actively composting for 18 years, producing up to 2,000 tons of biologically active organic compost every year.

Columbia Gorge Organic Farm has been the recipient of a number of awards, including two times “Farmer of the Year” from Oregon Tilth and “Handler of the Year” and “Farmer of the Year,” from the Oregon Organic Council.

Crops

Apples & Pears

Location:

Oregon, USA

Certification

TILTH

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Daisy Girl

Since the days when organic was simple called “natural”, CMI growers, including Daisy Girl, have been there, farming premium organic fruit, and caring for their land, their families, and their customers.

Daisy Girl’s orchards are located in Washington State – known as one of the premier growing areas in the world for Apples, Pear and Cherries. The nutrient-rich soil, arid climate, plentiful water, and advanced growing practices provide the right ingredients for producing top-quality fruit. These same elements also make Washington the finest place to grow organic Apples, Pears and Cherries. The dry climate and ideal temperature reduce the number of disease and pest problems that can impact fruit quality.

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Crops

Apples & Pears

Location:

Washington, USA

Certification

WSDA

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Harker’s Organics

“That’s my brothers in our first fruit stand right here on this spot…that must have been in the 50’s…see they’ve got a tomato, an oversized cucumber and three apples for sale,” Bruce laughs at the now faded black and white blow up hanging in the rafters of their landmark roadside stand. Bruce and Kathy Harker were some of the first in the Similkameen Valley to turn to organics. The area is now the Organic Capital of Canada, with over 80 certified organic orchardists, ground-croppers and vineyards. Both the Harkers and their neighbors the Nugterens are conservation partners with The Land Conservancy, getting involved in restoring native vegetation and protecting their part of the incredible valley.

Bruce and Kathy lived in Vancouver until they moved to Cawston to work the land that Bruce’s grandparents had worked. Fourth generation Harkers are now busy harvesting heirloom tomatoes, hot peppers, specialty squash and bins and bins of apples and pears. The Harker’s coordinate the packing and handling of tree fruit for many other area farmers, who pack, market and ship to markets in Canada and the U.S. in their “Harvest Moon” boxes.

Troy and Sara Harker now run the day-to-day operations overseeing the farm and the wholesale operations. They work with many of the growers in the Similkameen and Okanagan insuring high quality and superb service with everything they do.

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Crops

Apples, Apricots, Cherries, Gooseberries, Melons, Nectarines, Peaches, Pears, Plums, Green Beans, Eggplant, Basil, Onions, Bell Peppers, Hot Peppers, Zucchini, Squash & Tomatoes

Location:

Cawston, BC

Certification

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Heartachers

Growers Ron Schneider and Andrea Turner of Heart Acher Farms have been farming organically for more than 35 years. They are part owners of the Direct Organics Plus packing house and distribution centre for organic growers in Cawston. Their company gives them a place to pack their fruit, and also a means to get it from Cawston into the city. Ron and Andrea grow nine varieties of plums, as well as apricots, pears, cherries, and heirloom apples.

Crops

Apples, Peaches, Pears & Plums

Location:

Cawston, BC

Certification

PACS

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Stemilt

Stemilt is the largest organic tree fruit supplier in the United States. Stemilt’s founding family, the Mathison’s, have farmed their Stemilt Hill homestead since settling there in 1893. Tom Mathison founded Stemilt in 1964 on the premise that consumers should have access to fruit with rich flavor. In 1914, the Mathison’s planted their first apple, cherry and pear orchards atop the Hill, where high-elevation microclimates offered superior growing conditions for tree fruits. A true pioneer, Tom sought better growing practices, built modern packing and storage facilities, and was an early adopter in both organics and sustainable agriculture. In 1989, founder Tom Mathison began transitioning a large number of acres from conventional to organic.

Today, Tom’s children and grandchildren carry on the traditions that he began – operating efficiently and effectively in order to deliver the best eating experience to consumers with the least impact on the environment. Tom’s grandson, West Mathison, serves as Stemilt president and interim Chairman of the Board. Stemilt owns several packing houses, and not only grows, but packs and markets for other eastern Washington growers.

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Crops

Apples, Cherries & Pears

Location:

Washington, USA

Certification

CCOF

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Sundance Farm

Trevor and Debbie Evans have been farming organically in the Similkameen Valley since 1978. One of the founding organic farming families in the area, Trevor recalls a time when his conventional neighbours laughed at the idea of growing without chemicals and pesticides. “They called us worm farmers,” he explains.

Now the Similkameen Valley is considered the organic growing capital of Canada, being home to more organic farmers than any other small region in the country. After more than a decade running a farmer run packing house, a few years ago Trevor and Debbie decided to step back to focus on their own Sundance Farms. Though tomatoes were their first love, Trevor and Debbie began growing tree fruits in the early 1980’s and now cultivate thirteen varieties of apples, six types of pears as well as Apricots and Peaches.

From his days helping found SOOPA, one of BC’s organic certifiers, to mentoring the folks who work the farm with him, Trevor and Debbie and their family are committed to fostering organics in their home province.

Crops

Apples, Apricots, Cherries, Grapes, Nectarines, Peaches, PEars, Plums, Eggplant, Bell Peppers, Squash & Tomatoes

Location:

Cawston, BC

Certification

PACS

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