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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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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

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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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Tahoma Farms

Tahoma Farms was established in 2009 by first generation farmers, Kim and Dan Hulse. The 40-acre former dairy is part of the 100-acre Orting Valley Farms – 3 parcels preserved as organic farmland in perpetuity through a conservation easement held by PCC Farmland Trust.

Tahoma Farms grows 70 different fruits and vegetables throughout the year, with a focus on cool-weather crops that allow the farm to produce year round. Some of the larger crops (besides the brussels sprout plants Dan is holding pictured below) Tahoma Farms produces are kale, dandelion greens, carrots, potatoes and winter squash.
The Hulse’s, their two young children and their hard-working crew are passionate about growing good food and committed to the work that makes our communities stronger.

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Crops

Green Beans, Broccoli, Romanesco, Cabbage, Carrots, Celery Root, Chard, Daikon, Dandelion, Fennel, Kale, Lettuce, Radishes, Raspberries, Rhubarb, Rutabaga, Squash, Pumpkins, Sunchokes, Tomatillos, Turnips & Peas

Location:

Washington, USA

Certification

TILTH

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West Enderby Farm

West Enderby Farm is a certified organic farm located on the edge of the small town of Enderby in the beautiful North Okanagan. They grow mainly carrots, beets, cabbage, and onions for retail and wholesale customers. The farm is owned and managed by Paddy Doherty and Elaine Spearing, both experienced organic growers.

Crops

Beets, Carrots & Rutabagas

Location:

Enderby, BC

Certification

PACS & QAI

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Wildflight Farm

Certified by NOOA, Louise and Hermann Bruns have built up their beautiful 20-acre farm on the banks of the Shuswap River for more than 10 years. As well as improving their house and production capacity, they have also built several greenhouses and an incredible winter storage facility including cold storage for winter radishes, cabbage, celeriac, beets and potatoes.

Hermann has developed rolling greenhouses that will help him get a head start on the season crop by crop without covering the entire field in floating row covers or building more fixed greenhouses. The Bruns also operate a CSA program with many loyal customers in the Mara and Armstrong areas.

The Bruns raise dogs, cats, chickens, goats, horses, cows, sheep, pigs, and peacocks! Though not part of the farm’s commercial production, the animals provide products for the farm families, neighbours and friends, and are another element of the enriching family farm lifestyle.

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Crops

Celery Root, Daikon, Leeks, Radishes & Rutabagas

Location:

Mara, BC

Certification

NOOA

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