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Beryles Organic Paradise

Farming organically since 1998, Beryle Oravec is a ‘hands on’ kind of lady. Each week during harvest time, she makes the trek from her farm in Oliver BC to Discovery Organics herself.

When asked why she chooses to farm organically, Beryle quips “Well, I don’t like poison and because I have kids who will walk right out into the field, pick something and eat it, dirt and all.” Beryle has dedicated over 5 years to SOOPA, a BC organic certifying body, and she now sits on their board of directors. She believes that organic is the right way to go, especially for small farms. She’s expanding on her crop mix, this year trialing baby eggplants, sweet peppers, and lemon cucumbers.

Crops

Melon, Plums, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Peppers & Tomatoes

Location:

Oliver, BC

Certification

PACS

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Jacobs Farm – Del Cabo Organic

Having already created Jacobs Farm, a successful organic farming operation, and with a knack for developing niche markets, longtime organic farmers Larry Jacobs and Sandra Belin were confident in their vision for their next venture. In 1985, they encountered a community of struggling, subsistence-level farmers in Mexico, and the Del Cabo cooperative was conceived.

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Devine Organics

Devine Organics has its roots in Double D Farms, a conventional produce company which began as an almond grower in 1986. In the mid-1990s, Double D Farms started growing organics, reflecting the burgeoning interest of owners Don and Elvia Devine in producing organic products. Devine Organics was the natural result of this focus, and today the Devine Organics division of the company represents all of their organic commodities. With nearly 75 percent of the business now focused on organics, the new company identity reflects this shift. Today, Double D Farms is the brand representing their conventional produce. Whether conventionally or organically grown, you can trust that the highest standards for quality and safety are met to bring your family the freshest produce available.

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Crops

Cucumbers, Grapes, Melons, Watermelons, Asparagus, Celery, Blueberries, Broccoli, Corn, Garlic & Kale

Location:

California, USA

Certification

QAI & FLO

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Forstbauer Family Farms

Forstbauer Farm is a large Certified Organic vegetable producer, supplying three wholesalers with beets, sugar pumpkins, cucumbers, zucchini, beans, chard and a wide variety of other vegetables. Mary and her husband Hans have managed to run it and also raise twelve children, an accomplishment in and of itself.

The farm is certified organic with the Biodynamic Association of BC, which Mary is very involved with. She is also the driving force behind the BC Certified Organic check mark logo. The check mark is used by farms that are certified by a BC certifying body as a way of distinguishing homegrown produce on store shelves.

If that wasn’t enough, Mary also runs farm stands at several Lower Mainland farmers’ markets, bringing early spring greens and over-winter crops in June and maintaining the booth all the way into October with potatoes, pickling cukes, freshly dug carrots and bunch beets, rainbow chard and Asian greens.

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Crops

Green Beans, Cucumbers, Kohlrabi, Zucchini, Squash & Frozen Blueberries

Location:

Chilliwack, BC

Certification

BCARA

BCARA

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Grupo Alta

Grupo Alta is a farm operation in the Sonora Desert near Hermosillo. The first word that comes to mind with Grupo Alta is impressive. Impressive for its size and for its ethics as an employer.

Initially restricted to table grapes, Grupo Alta is now growing a variety of crops, of which cucumbers, tomatoes, melons, watermelons, peaches, peppers. About 60% of their crops are grown organically (since 2011) and their objective is to reach the 100% in a few years. They sell in North America and Europe under the brands Divine Flavor and Heaven’s best.
They have 7 ranches, of which Campo Pozo Manuel and Campo La Cuesta that we visited.

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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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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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Origin-O

Origin Organic Farms Inc. is the biggest organic greenhouse vegetable producer in North America. With 42 acres of Certified Organic greenhouse vegetable production in three of the sunniest spots on the lower mainland, they are able to produce approximately 15 million pounds of top quality tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers throughout the year, serving markets across North America. They fund advanced research and development programs with fertilizers, soil media and growing methods.

Origin-O maintains unique biological controls in their greenhouses, with nests for predatory wasps and bees, and an abundance of ladybugs. They even grow plants that aphids target to keep their ladybug population happy. Origin-O has also developed their own unique in-soil growing concept that uses a proprietary soil mix, augmented with compost from all their plant waste, and organic fertilizers processed from fully composted manures.

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Crops

Cucumbers, Bell Peppers, Radishes & Tomatoes

Location

Delta, BC

Certification

FVOPA

FVOPA

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Rico Farm

A family farm, Rico Farms is run by the Tapia family. Francisco Tapia, Sr., is an engineer by trade, and his son Francisco Tapia, Jr., has been educated stateside where he gained a degree in Industrial Process and Systems Engineering. That’s a lot of technical savvy for a farming family.
The farm is situated inland from the Sea of Cortez near Hermosillo. The Tapia family’s lands cover over 4,000 acres and more than 90% of this land has been set aside as a wildlife preserve. The production area is surrounded by this wilderness on three sides, which reduces the chance of pests or diseases affecting crops- great natural protection for an organic farm!

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