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Bhumi Farm

Jim and Helen’s farm in the close-knit, high-altitude community of Venables Valley is truly unique, and demonstrates an impressive devotion to sustainability. Their farm is off the grid: irrigation water and domestic electricity are pumped by a micro-hydro installation. Bhumi Farm specializes in crops that thrive in the region’s unique short dry season with snow on the ground from October until April. Their primary crops are horseradish, rhubarb, and “sunchokes,” also known as [jerusalem artichokes.]*

Over 5 years, Jim developed a sustainable forestry plan for his land. By adding 60% of his land to an adjacent crown land parcel, he now controls a 2000 acre woodlot made up of thick stands of scrub pine. Currently he makes fence-posts and rails from the harvested wood with the intention of setting up a treatment facility to process them organically on a commercial scale. He plans to supply organic farms with an economical alternative to fence-posts treated with heavy metals, which aren’t allowed under organic standards.

Crops

Cabbage, Carrots, Horseradish, Rhubarb & Sunchokes

Location:

Ashcroft, BC

Certification

PACS

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Boskovich Farms

In 1915, the name Boskovich began when Stephen Boskovich, a young Croatian immigrant, began farming on seven acres of land in California’s San Fernando Valley. Today, four generations later, Boskovich Farms is still family owned and operated. Growing on more than 10,000 acres in California and Mexico, producing about 30 different vegetable crops year-round, with shipping points also in Salinas, California, and Yuma, Arizona. They started out specializing in green onions but expanded their line to include Bok Choy, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Celery, Chard, Cilantro, Collards, Kale, Lettuce, Parsley, Radishes and Spinach.

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Crops

Bok Choy, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Celery, Chard, Cilantro, Collards, Kale, Lettuce, Parsley, Radishes, Spinach & Onions

Location:

California, USA

Certification

CCOF

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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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Coke Farm

In 1981, a conventional farmer bet Dale Coke that he couldn’t grow organic strawberries. He has now been growing organic fruits and vegetables in Northern California for more than two decades. With a strong commitment to sustainability and good agricultural practices, Coke Farm prides itself in the quality produce, customer satisfaction, and the year-round employment that it provides to the local community. The planting and harvesting of dozens of crop varieties, seed crops, and the growing of specialty produce are a few of the examples of what Coke Farm does.

Originally started as a small planting of strawberries and snow peas, Coke Farm has evolved to a full-scale vegetable farm with over fifty crop varieties harvested each year. From Amaranth to Zucchini, Coke Farm’s produce can be found in local markets, renowned restaurants, and specialty stores throughout North America. Christine, Dale’s partner, focuses on helping smaller local farms with limited production sell their crops commercially, bringing a variety of rare West Coast specialties into Canada.

Today, in addition to growing and shipping their own produce, Coke Farm also cools, stores, and ships for several local organic farms.

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Crops

Lemons, Raspberries, Beans, Beets, Broccoflower, Burdock, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Daikon, Fennel, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Onions, Peas, Hot Peppers, Radishes, Rutabaga, Zucchini, Sunchokes, Turnips, Oranges, Nettles, Potatoes, Peppers, Squash, Artichokes, Asparagus, Brussels Sprouts, Leeks, Persimmons, Parsnips, Dandelions, Burdock, Bok Choy, Broccoli, Dill, Rapini, Tomatoes & Watercress

Location:

California, USA

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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J.W. Produce

JW Produce is a 100 acre farm located just outside of Watsonville, California. They started with little more than a garden, selling from a small farm stand by the roadside and from these humble beginnings, have become a favorite local supplier within their own community and abroad. At JW Produce they believe in eliminating toxic loads from our fruits, farms, and bodies. They want to build strong, healthy soil to help produce better, richer, more natural tasting food.

JW Produce is a major sponsor of Amatitenses LV, an organization in Jalisco, Mexico. Amatitense is a shelter that helps women seek an escape from violence and gives them shelter, food, guidance, and counseling. JW Produce donates funds on a monthly basis and are seeking new ways to create revenue to donate to the Amatitense shelter. You can also directly visit the Amatitense website at http://amatitenseslv.com/

Crops

Melons, Raspberries, Strawberries, Green Beans, Cabbages, Carrots, Celery Root, Cucumbers, Fennel, Peas, Hot Peppers, Zucchini, Squash, Turnips & Sweet Potatoes

Location:

California, USA

Certification

ASCO

ASCO

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Kern Ridge

In the carrot industry for over 35 years, Kern Ridge Growers is a year-round shipper of California carrots, supplying us 52 weeks of the year, rain or shine. Their history dates back to the early 70’s, when they started packing Cello carrots under their Kern Ridge label. Most of their carrots are grown in the rich, sandy loam soil near the mountain range at the southern end of the fertile San Joaquin Valley. Their ownership consists of six individuals who have a combined carrot experience of well over 100 years.

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Crops

Carrots

Location:

California, USA

Certification

CCOF

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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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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.

www.pnrorganics.com

Crops

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

Location

Prince George, BC

Certification

PACS

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