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Across the Creek Organics

Across The Creek Organics is located in the Pemberton Valley, 100 miles north of Vancouver. Operating since 1912, this 500 acre farm rests on the Lillooet river flood plains, and is one of the largest B.C. providers of organic potatoes. Half the land consists of wild wetlands and old growth cedar groves, making for a uniquely beautiful and fertile farm, part of the Land Conservancy Agricultural Partners program as well.

Bruce and Brenda Miller are not only Certified Organic, but also carry certification as seed potato providers within this highly restricted potato seed quarantine area. They ship across the country, featuring varieties like the Red Chieftain, White Cascade and German Butter. They also sell a wide range of goods to supportive local restaurants and markets, and the local spirit makers, Schramm Vodka .

Bruce and Brenda are pictured with their sons (right to left) Will, Liam, Sean, Jesse, and Rony.

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Crops

Potatoes – Banana (Fingerling), Cascade, Kennebec, Purple (Russian Blue), Red chieftain, Russet Norkotah, Sieglinde (German Butter)

Location:

Pemberton, BC, Canada

Certification

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Andersen Organics

Andersen Organics

Denise and Brian Andersen, along with their two daughters, farm in the beautiful Columbia Basin, near Othello Washington. Being born and raised on a farm “infused farming in their blood,” so they began farming in 1984, only four years after graduating from high school. Working with the land and considering the value of soil health and productivity lead to the Andersen’s desire to become certified organic.“Organic farming has become a rewarding way to farm. We enjoy the challenge of producing a healthy crop…it never ceases to amaze us just how good a crop can be when it is grown in healthy soil.” Because being stewards of the land is an integral part of the Andersen Family’s farming philosophy, water conservation is a high priority. One way they conserve this valuable natural resource is by using drip irrigation. During harvest time, instead of throwing out the used drip tape, the Andersen’s retrieve and recycle it. Brian says, “This is an enormous task, but one that we feel is worth the effort. Learning is a daily process when your farming partner is Mother Nature.”The Andersen family strives to grow and ship the highest quality product. One of the ways they do this is by applying composted manures months before planting. By doing this, they are planting their onions into very healthy soil. Their label statement is “GROWN HEALTHIER” and it truly is.

Crops

Asparagus, Onions, Potatoes, Squash

Location

Othello, WA

Certification

USDA

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Bouchey Farm

When Paul Bouchey returned in from the Korean War 1954, he started his own family and farm which his children Steve and Jody, took over running in 1998. Located in a rural agricultural based community, with Mt. Adams in the background on the Yakima Indian reservation, the Bouchey’s lease some of their acreage from the Yakima Nation Tribal members and work closely with the BIA Irrigation District and Soil Conservation Program. They now farm 120 acres of organic potatoes and 200 acres of organic wheat.

Crops

Potatoes

Location:

Wapato, Washington

Certification

WSDA

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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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Judel Marketing International

In 1967, Del Wisdom, President and CEO of Judel Marketing International, Inc., rented 34 acres from a relative to grow a double crop of green peas and lima beans for Green Giant Company. Now, 47 years later, Judel Marketing International, Inc., still owned by the Wisdom Family, is a thriving company that grows agricultural products on its own farms, has multiple growing partnerships, packs those products in its own facility, and ships around the world.

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Crops

Potatoes

Location:

Washington, USA

Certification

WSDA

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Klamath Basin Fresh

Klamath Basin Fresh Organics, LLC (KBFO) is a neighborly cooperative of family farms. KBFO is comprised of 17 Klamath Basin shareholders, all of whom recognize the importance of sustainability and have made a commitment to dedicating a portion of their production to growing premium organic potatoes. The majority of these family-based farms and ag-related businesses date back three and four generations in the community. Climatic and geologic features in the Klamath Basin create a perfect environment for the production of high-quality organic produce. Situated at 4100 feet above sea level, the region is largely devoid of pest and disease pressures that routinely plague most other production regions. Fertile volcanic and lake bottom soils coupled with nutrient-rich water from Upper Klamath Lake are the foundation of our cropping system program. To ensure the continued productivity of these resources, KBFO utilizes the most advanced sustainable farming methods available that include organic crop rotation, using locally produced compost, and harvesting crops early to reduce irrigation demand

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Crops

Potatoes

Location:

Oregon, USA

Certification

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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

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Peak Of The Market

Peak of the Market is a grower-owned “not for profit” vegetable supplier that operates in Manitoba under the Farm Products Marketing Act. Peak of the Market has grown quality produce in Manitoba for 73 years and supplies over 120 different varieties of Manitoba grown vegetables.

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Crops

Potatoes

Location

Manitoba, Canada

Certification

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Ralphs Greenhouse

Ralph de Vries moved his family from the Netherlands in the 1950’s, when his son Ray was a toddler. After Ralph retired from the dairy business in the late 80’s, Ray took over managing the farm. Ray De Vries and Tim Terpstra (Ray’s lead hand) start their leeks in greenhouses, but if you look in Ray’s plastic frames in the summer and fall, you will find tomatillos, cilantro and other Mexican greens, as 30 employees raise fresh vegetables for their traditional lunches.

Ray’s leeks are stunning, with long thick stalks of white “meat” – the stuff that good winter soup is made of. Growing over 45 acres makes him the leek king, supplying customers all over North America through the winter, when all but a few southern States and virtually all of Canada are locked in winter’s grip.

Leeks keep Ray’s permanent work force occupied year-round. Carrots are another natural crop that grows superbly in the local soil. Ray and Tim Terpstra try new ideas every year to take advantage of their moderate climate and expand their long-season selection of vegetables for their regional customers.

Crops

Beets, Cabbage, Carrots, Chard, Collards, Dandelions, Fennel, Thai Basil, Sage, Sorrel, Kale, Leeks, Shallots, Parsnips, Potatoes, Spinach & Turnips

Location

Washington, USA

Certification

WSDA

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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

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