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Agrofresco – Eco Campos

AGROFRESCO is a farm operation of operation in Dolores Hidalgo, in the state of Guanajuato in Central Mexico and near San Miguel de Allende, north of Mexico City. Engineer Gustavo Gaya and his field engineers have been running 3 ranches of 60, 80 and 100 cultivated hectares for the past 7 years working closely with not only Discovery Organics, but organic giants like Earthbound and Taylor Farms as well. Associations with larger companies like this ensure that very stringent quality control standards are applied and only the most beautiful vegetables possible are produced.

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Capay Organic

In 1976, Capay Organic farm started with 20 acres of star thistle and a dream. Inspired by the idea of farming sustainably, Kathy Barsotti and Martin Barnes started the farming traditions that their sons and their families carry on today. Capay Organic practices healthy crop rotation, encouraging a diverse ecosystem around the fields, efficiently using local water sources and carefully selecting produce varieties that grow well and taste great. The micro-climate and soil type creates an ideal farming environment for nearly 40 types of fruits and vegetables and over 60 varieties. Capay Organic’s  diverse crop list allows the farm to offer fresh, organic, seasonal produce to wholesale, retail, food service and restaurant partners year-round.

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Crops

Fruit: Apricots, Figs, Mandarins, Melons, Meyer Lemons & Tomatoes (Heirloom and Cherries)

Veg: Asparagus, Beets, Bok Choy, Carrots, Chards, Cauliflower, Eggplant, Fennel, Fingerling Potato, Kales, Onions, Peppers, Melon, Radishes, Spring Onions & Squash (Summer & Winter varieties).

Location:

Capay, California

Certification

CCOF

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Destiny Lane

When asked how he started farming, Destin has a pretty unusual response. “Well, I was playing piano in a bar in Belize when I met this guy…” Destin ended up operating a rice plantation for 3 years in Belize before a yearning to return to Canada and explore the fertile Similkameen Valley  drew him back. Although he had no serious plan when he began in 1990, he now favours a handful of crops. Red onions are one of his specialties, as are carrots. Destin and Holly are working with their horses to train them as a team to help with cultivating. Destin feels that working with horses and integrating them in the farm is a natural fit for organic growing. While many growers plant cover crops like rye or alfalfa to bind the soil over-winter or as part of a crop rotation, Destin looks to cereal grains that are also good feed crops for his horses and uses quinoa, kamut, wheat, oats and barley for his crop rotations instead. Sahara, Spring and Jango range freely in natural grasses that grow in “set-asides” bordering the fields as well, and although originally concerned about the impact on wildlife, Destin notes that the long billed curlews and other birds share these areas with the horses with little concern.

Crops

Beets & Carrots

Location:

Destiny Lane, BC

Certification

PACS

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Heger Organic Farms

During the winter months, the Imperial Valley in Southern California grows an estimated 80% of the US’ vegetable supply. Heger Farms was the first organic farm in the region and today produces over 50 kinds of fruits and veggies. In the winter they grow a variety of winter vegetables including broccoli, cauliflower and greens. Their spring crop includes corn, melons, onions and peppers.

Crops

Melons, Arugula, Beets, Bok Choy, Broccoli, Cabbages, Cauliflower, Celery, Chard, Cilantro, Collards, Corn, Fennel, Kale, Leeks, Lettuce, Onions, Parsley & Zucchini

Location:

California, USA

Certification

QAI

QAI

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Lakeside Organic Gardens

The Peixoto family began farming in the Pajaro Valley of California in the late 1800’s and perfected conventional growing throughout the 1900’s. As their passions for harvesting the riches of the soil grew and evolved, the family made a committed decision to convert all their farms to 100% organic. Lakeside Organic Gardens was launched by Dick Peixoto and his extended family in 1996. Dick first converted the farm that he and his brother, Jim, had farmed beans on so many years earlier when Dick was in high school. The 55-acre ranch includes a lake, a white farmhouse and an old-fashioned water tower with a windmill on top. This location became the inspiration for the Lakeside Organic Gardens logo, which includes this very farmhouse and water tower amidst the rolling hills. Once Dick got the “bug” for organic farming, things took off. Every year Lakeside Organic Gardens increases in acreage and commodities. Now they grow on approximately 1,200 certified organic acres in the Pajaro Valley. And in order to keep a steady supply for customers through the winter, they grow on approximately 600 certified organic acres in the Imperial Valley in California. Today, the company is still family-owned and operated with more than 10 family members on the Lakeside team!

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Crops

Arugula, Beets, Bell Peppers, Bok Choy, Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Celery Root, Chard, Cilantro, Collards, Cucumbers, Daikon, Dandelions, Dill, Eggplant, Fennel, Green Beans, Kale, Lettuce, Mustard, Parsley, Parsnips, Radishes, Rutabagas, Spinach & Turnips

Location:

California, USA

Certification

QAI

QAI

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Longview Farms

Longview Farms is a progressive grower and shipper of quality fresh-cut daffodils and daffodil bulbs as well as a wide variety of Certified Organic fruit and vegetable crops grown in both the fields and greenhouses. We have expanded our food crop varieties and acreage each year to well over 60ha (150acres) of Certified Organic land in the rotation with further expansion planned for future seasons.

Our farm is located in the municipality of Central Saanich on Southern Vancouver Island which is on the west cost of British Columbia. This area hosts some of the most productive farmland in Canada.

Longview Farms is highly committed to keeping the tradition of delivering the best quality products, in the most affordable way, while servicing the needs of our valued customers.

THEIR VISION
To be a leader in quality and innovation in the agricultural industry.
THEIR MISSION
To always be proud of the products and services we provide.

 

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Crops

Strawberries, Beets, Cabbage, Collards, Cucumbers, Basil, Kale, Leeks, Lettuce, Mustard, Okra, Onions, Bell Peppers, Rapini, Radishes, Spinach & Squash

Location:

Saanichton, BC

Certification

PACS

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Myers Farm

Bob Myers can remember, as a youngster, clearing the land for their family hobby farm in the Fraser Valley. 40 years later, he’s still at it, having just finished putting in yet another 10 acre field recently to go with the 60 acres he, his wife Marlene and son Brock, have expanded over the past 2 decades.

This family operation is the major provider of high quality lettuces, chard, kales, parsley, bok choi, spinach and many more leafy green crops to a handful of major retailers in Vancouver, plus six wholesalers who serve organic stores and supermarkets as far away as Manitoba and the Yukon.

Crops

Beets, Bok Choy, Chard, Cilantro, Dandelions, Fennel, Kale, Lettuce, Mustard, Parsley, Radishes & Spinach

Location

Aldergrove, BC

Certification

PROCERT

PROCERT

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Nash’s Organic Produce

Nash Huber is a visionary who farms on the North Olympic Peninsula in Washington state. Because of the unique micro climate in Sequim, his farm, Nash’s Organic Produce, grows vegetables year round. It is famous for exceptionally sweet and full-flavored carrots, though Scott Chichester, field production manager, is constantly toying with adventurous over-wintering crops.

In 1999, Huber collaborated with PCC Natural Markets in Seattle to save farmland. The PCC Farmland Trust was created, and the 80-acre Delta Farm adjacent to Nash’s operations was purchased. Nash and his crew have a 30-year lease on the land, and it has become one of the central hubs of the operation and an integral part of Nash’s efforts to train the next generation of organic farmers. Today, Nash is fortunate to have a strong crew of young managers who are committed to the future of the farm and organic agriculture, including organic seed production.

In addition to high-quality organic produce, the farm also grows several kinds of grain, including red and white wheat, triticale, rye, and barley for animal feed. The livestock includes about 100 hogs and 200 laying hens. These animals are humanely raised on pasture. The farm is certified organic and Salmon-Safe.

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Crops

Green Beans, Beets, Bok Choy, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Chard, Cilantro, Dill, Hontsaitai, Kale, Leeks, Mustard, Parsnips, Rapini, Rutabagas, Spinach, Sunchokes & Turnips

Location

Washington, USA

Certification

WSDA

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P and R Farms

When the Buchers moved to Prince George’s Salmon Valley, they purchased 800 acres of land to raise cattle, pigs, and chickens, and to grow grain and vegetables – all in the organic tradition that they had known in their home country of Switzerland. In 1999, the family made the decision to sell a portion of their land and pursue organic certification through COABC for the vegetable part of their operation.

Their 13 acre vegetable plot is a combination of open fields (in use from May to September) and six large greenhouses (extending their active farming to nearly a year-long cycle).

Farming is a way of life for the Bucher family. Two of their three children, Andres and Martina, are full-time workers on the farm, and their eldest son, Daniel, still works in the agricultural industry. Increasingly the Buchers see their farm as a place to share – employing many “WWOOFers” and, beginning in 2007, those pursuing SOIL farming apprenticeships.

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Crops

Beets, Brocoflower, Cabbage, Carrots, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Potatoes & Rutabagas

Location

Prince George, BC

Certification

PACS

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Ralphs Greenhouse

Ralph de Vries moved his family from the Netherlands in the 1950’s, when his son Ray was a toddler. After Ralph retired from the dairy business in the late 80’s, Ray took over managing the farm. Ray De Vries and Tim Terpstra (Ray’s lead hand) start their leeks in greenhouses, but if you look in Ray’s plastic frames in the summer and fall, you will find tomatillos, cilantro and other Mexican greens, as 30 employees raise fresh vegetables for their traditional lunches.

Ray’s leeks are stunning, with long thick stalks of white “meat” – the stuff that good winter soup is made of. Growing over 45 acres makes him the leek king, supplying customers all over North America through the winter, when all but a few southern States and virtually all of Canada are locked in winter’s grip.

Leeks keep Ray’s permanent work force occupied year-round. Carrots are another natural crop that grows superbly in the local soil. Ray and Tim Terpstra try new ideas every year to take advantage of their moderate climate and expand their long-season selection of vegetables for their regional customers.

Crops

Beets, Cabbage, Carrots, Chard, Collards, Dandelions, Fennel, Thai Basil, Sage, Sorrel, Kale, Leeks, Shallots, Parsnips, Potatoes, Spinach & Turnips

Location

Washington, USA

Certification

WSDA

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