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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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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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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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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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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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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

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Secrest Organics – Covert Farms

Some laughed when George Covert bought this desert-like piece of land back in 1959 – but he, his son, and eventually grandson have grown Covert Farms into a cornerstone in organic farming. The family name is well known across numerous provinces with restaurateurs and grocers alike.

After three generations of Coverts managing 130+ acres of ground crops, in 2014 Gene Covert (third generation farmer) turned his focus on winemaking and leased organic food growing to Secrest Organics at Covert Farms. Terry, owner of Secrest Organics, has been leading our organics production for a number of years; we consider Terry and his family to be part of the extended Covert family.

Today Covert Farms remains a leader in quality organic fruit and vegetable growing in the Okanagan through Secrest Organics – a major shipper of fresh field tomatoes, sweet onions, sweet corn, muskmelons and table grapes. Secrest Organics at Covert Farms supplies fruit stands and major wholesalers in western Canada, while continuing the tradition of offering fresh produce to the retail public. Our goal is to support a healthy community and help grow agri-tourism in the South Okanagan.

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Crops

Grapes, Melons, Nectarines, Peaches, Strawberries, Beets, Carrots, Corn, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Amaranth, Purslane, Onions, Bell Peppers, Hot Peppers, Potatoes, Zucchini, Squash, Tomatoes & Tomatillos

Location:

Oliver, BC

Certification

PACS

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Siri & Sons

Joe and Alma Siri are continuing a tradition of growing high quality vegetables started by Antonio Siri, Joe’s great-grandfather, an Italian immigrant. The main crops on their 180 acre farm – bell peppers, celery, cucumbers, cilantro, radishes, spinach, green onions, and four types of lettuce – “have been perfected over generations.” Everything is grown organically using sustainable farming practices.

Joe and his crew packs radishes, spinach, broccoli, onions and lettuce bound for New Seasons Markets in reusable containers instead of the industry standard disposable waxed boxes as part of the Siri’s ongoing effort to create a sustainable distribution system. The program kept 8,000 wax boxes out of the waste stream thanks to a small grant from the Clackamas County Recycling department to OGC.

Siri and Sons supplies their sumptuous spinach to Portland area schools. The farm-school connection was forged in December, 2006 by Ecotrust, a Portland nonprofit organization.

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Crops

Green Beans, Beets, Bok Choy, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Celery Root, Chard, Cilantro, Cucumbers, Fennel, Kale, Leeks, Lettuce, Onions, Parsley, Parsnips, Bell Peppers, Radishes, Rhubarb, Spinach, Tomatoes, Turnips & Squash

Location:

Oregon, USA

Certification

TILTH

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Something Good / John Givens Farm

John Givens’ coastal community’s unique climate helps their farm maintain vibrant, sustainable lands which support animals and insects and provide open breathing space. Along with the wonderful climate, they are blessed with rich soil and gentle topography, all of which contribute to consistently excellent growing years.

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Crops

Strawberries, Green Beans, Beets, Carrots, Celery, Cilantro, Cucumbers, Dandelions, Dill, Fennel, Kohlrabi, Mustard, Onions, Parsley, Peas, Bell Peppers, Radishes, Squash, Zucchini & Tomatoes

Location:

California, USA

Certification

CCOF

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