Your Local Farms
Aptos Farm is a small certified organic family farm in Aptos founded in 1978, specializing in Organic Kiwi fruit. We harvest in November and have fruit available through May. Our fruit is hand picked and stays right here in a cooler on the farm until it is delivered to grocers and you!
Blue Heron Farms is a 20-acre certified organic farm operating in a small sheltered valley in Corralitos, California, that is passionate about growing a diverse array of high quality vegetables and flowers.
Blue Heron was started in 1985 by Dennis Tamura after studying gardening with Alan Chadwick in the 1970s and running the U.C. Santa Cruz Farm & Garden Apprenticeship Program for several years. Now operated by him and his wife Lori Perry, Blue Heron is driven by the hard work of a wonderful group of workers from Jalisco and Michoacan, Mexico, as well as a dedicated flower crew and market staff. Photo credit for Blue Heron Farm: Kelly Brown (also on Homepage).
Borba Farms is a family owned and operated farm based out of Aromas, California. Ron Borba, his wife Cindy, and their four kids specialize in growing a wide variety of certified organic produce year round on their acreage in both Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties. Belonging to a number of farmers market associations, you can find their produce stands at Bay Area and Monterey Bay locations at scheduled markets.
The Environmental Horticulture Center and Botanic Gardens sits on 11 beautiful view acres, overlooking the entire campus and the Monterey Bay region. The Center provides students with an excellent horticultural educational facility and is a focus for community activities. A state-of-the-art nursery includes greenhouses, shade houses, raised beds, and a lab classroom. We also have CCOF certified organic farm.
Driven by a vision of enduring sustainability and food sovereignty, our cultivation style is based on the seven guiding principles of ecological farming. We combine proven agronomic science with innovative growing technologies to ensure healthy farming and healthy plants.
“Bioponics” is a term coined for organic containerized cultivation. This method conserves precious resources by recycling water, nutrients, and growing media, yet still increasing production per square foot.
Containerized growing can flourish with organically certified materials, incorporate similar microbial action to that of soil crops, requires less use of pesticides, while eliminating soil erosion and nutrient runoff. Using this method, we consistently produce berries in a more economical and environmentally efficient greenhouse setting.
EatLocal.farm is the brainchild of Ethan Rublee, Kimberly Null, and Nick de Sieyes, three dirt-loving souls in search of new ways to get their hands dirty while supporting local farms.
Farm Discovery at Live Earth is a nonprofit organization working in the Pajaro Valley community to empower youth and families to build and sustain healthy food, farming, social and natural systems.
Our home, Live Earth Farm, is a 150 acre patchwork of working organic farm, riparian corridor, oak and redwood forest in the Pajaro Valley of Santa Cruz County, California.
The Garrone family is passionate about edible fungi. Started by John and Toby Garrone in the early 80's, and the business has grown to include all four of their boys and now their children! The Garrone's are dedicated to the cultivation, distribution and sharing of knowledge about organic specialty mushrooms, and enjoy sharing the love of fungi with our community.
Fogline Farm has been in operation since 2009. In 2009, Johnny Wilson began leasing a beautiful 40-acre apple orchard in the Soquel hills above Santa Cruz. In 2010, Caleb Barron and Jeffrey Caspary joined the team. For 4 years, the farm grew in abundance as pasture-raised broilers fertilized the vegetable fields. Egg laying chickens and heritage hogs roamed the orchard keeping it clean of weeds and pests while fertilizing the trees. Fogline managed a CSA and grew their farmer's market presence. In 2014, the historic 100-year old Manildi Ranch was sold and the original family moved away. And so did Johnny and Jeffrey. Caleb took over ownership and management. The integrated management continued, but with the new owners arriving and a need to expand the livestock program, the need for a new property was on the horizon. In 2016, Fogline Farm leased 10 acres from Rodoni Farms. This beautiful ranch, with sprawling views of the pacific ocean and the golden hills that form the central coast, is just 3 miles North of Santa Cruz. At the Rodoni Ranch, Fogline Farm is able to give their organic fed, pasture-raised broilers more pasture to move around on, and a more moderate coastal climate. In 2017, Fogline Farm leased 20 acres from Pie Ranch at Ano Nuevo State Park. This large, sprawling, flat pasture, gives Fogline even more opportunity to grow.
Fruitilicious Farm is a small organic farm nestled in the Watsonville foothills. On 10 acres we have 7 acres of young diverse fruit trees and bushes that are 1 to 8 years old. Two acres we lease from a neighbor has 100-year-old Newtown Pippin trees on standard rootstock. About one acre is used for annual crops and tree nursery stock, including some organic seed production.
Ken Kimes and Sandra Ward met in Los Angeles and moved to Santa Cruz back in the early 1980’s. Together they founded New Natives Farm, a greenhouse-based farm certified by California Certified Organic Farmers in 1983. They grow a wide variety microgreens including wheat grass, pea shoots, sunflower sprouts and broccoli in their 40,000 ft. green houses. Over the last 20 years they have grown thousands of pounds of microgreens, using good organic seed, natural sunlight, clean water, and nothing more. In addition to managing their farm full time, both are outspoken activists dedicated to the sustainable agriculture movement. Growing microgreens of high quality and using the natural elements, is very important for the farm.
P & K Farms was established in 1994 by Paul and Kim Tao. Located in the hills overlooking Elkhorn Slough, P & K Farms produce ripe high quality certified organic strawberries and blueberries. Their first organic strawberries and blueberries were harvested in 2005 and by 2013, 100% of the farm transitioned to organic. You can find P & K Farms strawberries locally at the New Leaf Markets, Capitola Produce, Food Bin, Shoppers Corner, as well as some Farmers Markets in Monterey Carmel and Aptos.
Pajaro Pastures eggs are produced on 90-acre ranch including a diverse array of habitats. From sun-soaked meadows to shady creek beds, this landscape is primarily mixed annual grass with native perennial grasses, herbs, and shrubs. We have four heritage breeds of chickens grazing the land, and unlike the average "free-range" or/and "cage free" chicken farm we move the birds' grazing area every week. Our chickens primarily eat native vegetation and are also fed High Quality Certified Organic Chicken Feed, Certified Organic Vegetables, and Brewers Grain. Our birds spend all day outside doing fun activities such as: suntanning, dust-bathing, exploring, hunting bugs, and of course napping. At night they perch safely inside their mobile coop. A solar-powered electric fence and G the livestock guard dog work day and night to keep chickens safe.
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Born and raised in Watsonville, Santa Cruz Berry Farm proprietor, Armando Ramirez, first learned the craft of strawberry growing on his parent’s farm. An early believer in the value of organic growing and its impact on the land, Armando has worked with top organic growers on the Central Coast, working his way up from picker to ranch manager.
Real Good Fish connects seafood lovers with the highest quality, sustainably caught seafood, direct from local fishermen to you! Based in Moss Landing at the heart of the Monterey Bay, we believe in eating with the ecosystem, matching consumption with the rhythms of nature and place. To learn more, browse recipes, and learn the perks of being a member, visit: www.realgoodfish.com. Real Good Fish is owned and operated by husband and wife team: Jenn & Alan Lovewell, supported by a crew of dedicated and passionate ocean lovers.
Sea to Sky farm is located in northern Santa Cruz County in Bonny Doon. It is a 24 acre CCOF certified organic fruit, vegetable and herb farm, located 10 minutes from the ocean at 1600’ in elevation, surrounded by coastal redwoods with natural springs, and sites of Native American historical significance. The farm was started by Chris and Dana Laughlin on Thanksgiving of 2018.
Chris comes from four generations of family farming – her great grandfather, grandfather, father and both brothers are farmers. Our background includes nonprofit ocean conservation, wildlife biology, old growth canopy research, backcountry guiding, and youth conservation corps work in Yosemite National Park.
Our mission at Sea to Sky Farm is to use sustainable farming practices to provide healthy, organic superfoods to our local Santa Cruz community and bay area, while honoring and protecting the land, watershed, and Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.
We are a first-generation, family-owned and operated certified organic pastured poultry farm started in 2014. Our mission is to bring our customers the highest quality organic, pastured-poultry by humanely raising our birds.
The meat and eggs we sell are certified organic, but we do much more than that. Our philosophy guarantees fresh, sustainably-raised poultry of the highest quality that is good for your health as well as our environment.
Even though we are certified organic, we do much more to increase the welfare of our birds:
- We allow all our birds 24/7 access to outdoors and green forage.
- We do not control when our duck and chicken hens enter the trailers. They are legitimately free to roam on a pasture.
Two Dog Farm is a family-run certified organic farm located in the hills near Davenport, CA. Mark and Nibby Bartle have been farming in Santa Cruz since 1984 and started Two Dog Farm in 2001. Among our diverse line of organic vegetables, fruits and flowers, we are best known for our truly dry farmed tomatoes, grown using no irrigation in the fields and picked when fully ripe for maximum flavor.
Wild Beans Family Farm is a small family farm located in Aptos, CA. The farm is run by Kimberly Null and Nick de Sieyes along with their two dirt loving children. They grow a variety of vegetables on a 2 acre plot. Although not certified organic, they use organic practices and best management practices, including cover cropping in the winter as a soil amendment.
Sisters-in-law Jamie de Sieyes and Kim Null took over the orchard in 2018, guided under olive farmer/grower/producer Chris Banthien, who planted the grove from a small group of 100 trees imported from Pescia, Italy in 1994. Her award-winning olive oils were loved by her customers, and they are proud to carry on her hard work. The orchard is now 2,000 trees and 8-acres strong, with great yields and trees perfectly shaped for their kids to climb.
Wild Poppies extra virgin olive oil is hand harvested in the hills of Aptos, CA. The olives are pressed with care in San Ardo, California alongside miller Greg Traynor of 43 Ranch. Oil is stored and bottled by hand at the orchard. Wild Poppies is a member of and certify their oil through the California Olive Oil Council, and also conduct a chemical certification through Baker Labs in Paso Robles, California.
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