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Looking for Nutrient Dense, Organic Avocados?
Great!! Maybe we can connect! Our largest crop is organically grown avocados, our goal is nutritional excellence. We are a small farm but commercial sized. We were certified organic in August, 2010, for all crops. We love to produce fruits and vegetables in a way that improves nutrition & taste, yet enhances the farm, the environment and people too. We grow other fruits & vegetables, organically; our produce variety continues to expand (a general product list is here on our website.)
Where to Buy From Us: Beverly Hills Farmers Market (address info. below.) Someday, we plan to expand sales here on this website and sell by subscription with a pick-up location near the farm. Unfortunately, our marketing strategies have developed slowly since our workload exceeds our time available to devote towards retail marketing.
Inspirational people: this is a partial list; not all persons could be mentioned, as there are many, but these individuals were primary. In the course of time, others have become influential as well.
Denjiro Nishida: My father-in-law, lived in Japan but pushed to start a farm here near Oxnard. His dream started after visiting here in the 1950′s. He was a colonel in the Japanese army during WWII, in the cavalry. Armed with a good heart, good mind & strong will, he determined to make it the farm happen. I never saw anyone work so hard, like a mule he did. He and his wife, Tsugie, would travel here twice every year; they would stay a couple months and we all ate delicious Japanese cuisine, a lot! Denjiro met the challenge of farming even into his eighties. He was a true genious and mechanical wizard. Amazingly, he could transform “junk” at the farm, he made it come alive! He was also very generous and fun to be with. If it were not for him I most likely would not be in the farming business.. He is gone now, but we continue his dream of farming, taking care of the land. I salute him, kampai!
Masanobu Fukuoka: I never met this man but it is easy to feel like I knew him after reading his books. His insight into nature and stewardship was awesome! He was a pioneer of modern Natural Farming. Much of our farming practices are modeled after his principles. I highly recommend his book “One Straw Revolution” which is very informative to farmers & consumers alike. He wrote at least 2 other books which are more technical and philosophical. Search his work on the internet….
Dr. Carey Reams: An amazing mathematician, scientist, veteran & teacher. Most of his later work was based on the biblical principles of God’s will for man and earth. His work in the field of human and plant health was extraordinary. If you like to read how things of the planet are related to a creator then you may be interested in his work. One such work is titled RBTI (Reams Biological Theory of Ionization.) This work is a point in focus for our nutrient dense farming practices. We employ his lessons when we can, here at the farm, using special soil tests and recommendations by people who were either students of his or employ his teaching. One such person is Dr. Dan Skow, a past student of his. His services and information are highly esteemed and can be found at www.aglabs.com
Food for thought: Have you ever wondered why some fruits or vegetables have little or no flavor at all and others do? Sometimes differences in flavor of 2 like kinds of produce is big. Do some research; one website that may help illustrate why is http://highbrixgardens.com/what-is-brix.html (this website is hosted by the guys at AgLabs.) While there, you can also learn how to use a refractometer; a tool that measures “brix” or % sucrose measurement; learn how it relates to nutrient density. These days, most foods lack vital nutrient density, also flavor. A refractometer is objective and can help determine quality by making comparisons of Fruits and vegetables; some items may look the same, but circumstances determine which are higher in nutritional value. Dependable taste buds come from experience, knowing what taste means can also help determines quality; a refractometer can help experimenting in this regard. In modern times, there has been way too much emphasis on quantity and appearances without regard to quality. Only quality determines value of any quantity, and as is said, “one should not determine a book by it’s cover.”
Our beliefs: Oh boy, this is a long list. Well, go ahead, run away from this is if you want, but there is a rudimentary belief which leads to most of our other beliefs. Since I am a Judeo Christian it is a biblical belief in a heavenly Father. I have come to know Him as a real, loving Father and an awesome God. I believe He had a son, name Yeshua, who came to redeem the world, not to condemn it. I don’t debate it, but I believe it and I am not ashamed of my beliefs, they are critical to our wanting to continue farming, particularly our type of farming. Biblical teachings such as: “love your neighbor as yourself,” ”all are called to be stewards and of all things.” Even if you don’t believe what I believe, these teachings are good things to abide by and I hope we have them in common.
Regarding a good steward, everyone can play a part; to put it in bluntly, we all either partner in stewarding the land or we partner in it’s destruction by the way we shop. People’s shopping habits impact other people and places, negatively or positively. If someone wants to change the world then first they must be the change they want to see in others. Farm stewards improve methods & quality of production and improve the living. Consumers can and should seek these steward type farmers and support them! Simultaneously, farmers and consumers share in each other’s (and the environment’s) well being.
Although Organic does not guarantee produce that is nutrient dense it at least establishes a first step in the process, by eliminating synthetic poisons which are commonly used in conventional farming; like fungicides, pesticides, herbicides and anything else to kill everything, seemingly except that which is desired to make a profit from and eaten. Also prohibited are GMOs (genetically modified organisms). Once again, the concern with these is profit, not your health. There is much evidence suggesting GMOs are very harmful to us and the planet. If evidence is correct then they, along with all the toxic chemicals, should be avoided like the plague. (See a link ahead)
Farmers can do a lot, or little, stewarding the land. But doing little while just staying inside the Organic Program’s parameters will not necessarily make organic produce more nutritious than conventional produce. Extra effort is usually necessary to improve a farm’s soil to produce foods with vitality. However, simply allowing the land to rest and recover from the destruction of chemicals may, over time, benefit the soil. But, speeding up soil recovery is possible, requiring more resources (like understanding, extra effort, time & money) Resources are available to overcome previous abuses. What are the abuses you might ask? I say – all the chemicals designed for artificial plant enhancement or destruction of pests. They seem to be having their way much to harm’s way. There are too many destructive “ways” to list here but many are simply perpetrated by ignorance, other ways seem intentional, insensitive and very sinister.
Soil and food with minerals in proper balance seems to be a key to health. In order for exchanges to occur from the soil to the plants there must be a living, healthy soil to accommodate the process. By Nature, plants whose health is compromised from depleted soils attract disease. Plants growing in healthy soil require less attention while resisting disease; the soil food web becomes vibrant & stable. Healthy plants in turn nourish people and they too can resist disease. We think it is worth the extra effort to produce food that promotes our bodies and the Earth..
The organic government program, like any other program, is only as good as the people who run it, or have influence over it. As for us, our primary goal is to seek God given wisdom and apply it to farming and reap the benefits. Certified “organic”, while popular, is only a step and not a finality. It does not gauge or assure higher nutrient density in food. We think our “beyond” organic methods of producing food is getting results. The methods are re-mineralization of the soil & biologically amending in addition to other wise farming practices. If the program gets weird we’ll bow out and work with groups trying to establish criteria for quality.
Generally it takes years to get soil balance right as restoration is a cumulative process. Each year the soil gets better & production also gets better; fruits get tastier and also last longer on the shelf. In addition to amending with biologicals & minerals, we select plants and trees to plant which enhance the eco-system. Seeding with “cover crops” builds soil biology and keep pests in balance by creating niches for beneficial insects & animals. Cover crops also accumulate nutrients from the air into the soil. Physical adjustments (see earth surgery link below) and biological amendments to the land increase rain retention nutrient accumulation.
Weeds can also benefit us, almost any weed is better than bare soil. Weeds serve a function to bring nutrients located deep in the soil back up to the top, they break up hard pan soils and balance soil biology. At our farm we selectively remove some weeds since some are much less desirable to us than others. We also selectively seed plants and flowers to compete with less desirable weeds. Pesticides, herbicides and fungicides, even organic ones, are not used at our farm. These and other reasons are why we call our farm “beyond” mainstream “organic”. Good stewardship is a principle and when done properly results in successively higher quantity and quality while improving the environment and our
A final note: It is very satisfying for us to grow produce which we think excels in vitality. Many customers have said things like, “your avocados taste great!” It puts a cherry on top of our goal to grow food that besides deliscious is healthy, nutritious, and abundant! We hope when someone searches for ”great avocados” they will find us & end up with more than just great food, but also valuable information.
We attend the Beverly Hills Farmers’ Market, held every Sunday from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at: 9300 Block of Civic Center Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
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Many Avocado varieties are seasonal; Hass avocados can be available year-round. Other seasonal avocado varieties we grow are Lamb Hass, Pinkerton, Reed, Nabal, Fuerte, Edranol, Walter Hole, Zutano & Bacon. There are other unique varieties at our farm which are not yet identified, ”unknown” as we call them, but we know them, they are all delicious!
Other seasonal varieties: Apples, apricots, berries, cherimoyas, figs, guavas, grapes, kumquats, lemons, limes, passions, peaches, pears, persimmons, plums, pomegranates, quince, rhubarb, tangerines,
Bees are kept at the farm, mostly for pollination, but sometimes we extract honey (raw). It cannot be certified organic though, because the bees can fly farther than the controlled area of our farm. We still try to keep the bees here by planting various but attractive seasonal trees and plants rich in resins, pollen and nectar.
Sincerely, your hosts,
Frank & Keiko
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