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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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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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Creekside Organics

Creekside Organics, Inc. is a licensed commission merchant specializing in exclusively marketing organic produce. Creekside is committed to aiding serious, well-established organic farmers bring their produce to market. Located in Bakersfield, CA, Creekside markets produce grown in the San Joaquin, Coachella and Salinas Valleys of California.

In 1999, Brenda began marketing organic fruits and vegetables for Pavich Family Farms.  A couple years later Brenda left Pavich Family Farms and brought with her a few of the vegetable growers that Pavich was no longer able to service and began working with Sierra Heights Marketing, now known as Homegrown Organic Farms. It was during her time working for Pavich Family Farms and Homegrown Organic Farms that Brenda began to develop relationships with organic farmers, wholesalers and retailers. After years of working for these companies, Brenda realized she could better fulfill the needs of organic farmers and her growing family by starting her own company. It was with this principle in mind that she and her business partner, Dennis Maul, created Creekside Organics, Inc. in the spring of 2011.  Creekside Organics, Inc. represents organic produce growers in the marketplace, facilitating the sales of organic produce between the farm and retailers, wholesalers and distributors, as a licensed commission merchant.

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Crops

Melons, Green Beans, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Celery, Eggplant, Bell Peppers, Zucchini & Squash

Location:

California, USA

Certification

CCOF

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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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GBE Heirloom Allen Family Farm

Michael Allen ended his career in pro football in order to grow organic heirloom tomatoes with his wife Ana-Liza and their six children, making for a unique and dedicated grower family. A Canadian Football League fumble recovery touchdown record holder, he now tends over 4 acres of greenhouses, committed to preserving heirloom tomato biodiversity and raising responsible, socially aware children who understand environmental issues. GBE Organic tomatoes reflect the love and hard work of the Allen family.

Michael wants people to be clear, they are not growing hydroponically. The GBE greenhouse is 100% real organic soil. They grow directly in the ground as if you were outdoors, only with the protection of the glass from the rain.

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Crops

Eggplant, Melons, Green Beans, Cauliflower, Basil, Bell Peppers, Hot Peppers & Tomatoes

Location:

Chilliwack, BC

Certification

OCIA

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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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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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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

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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

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