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Looking for Nutrient Dense, Organic Avocados?
Great!! We are commercial sized grower of organic avocados. We were first certified organic in August, 2010. Besides avocados we grow other produce organically too & our list is expanding (a general product list is here on our website.) Our farming intent is to produce fruits and vegetables which excel in taste and nutrition & simultaneously enhance our customers’ health & the farm’s.
Where to Buy From Us: You can buy from us at the Beverly Hills Farmers Market (address info. below.) Someday, we plan to expand our sales here on this website. A CSA (community supported agriculture) subscription type marketing may work as well. I am just not sure how to go about it yet. We welcome any help on this. Currently over 90% of our avocados are typically sold to retailers through produce “packers” or “brokers” and a good farm price is not always met. Nutritional excellence is not considered in pricing, just appearances. Direct marketing our produce helps to increase our sustainability and allows an opportunity for us to explain the potential difference in our fruits and conventionally grown fruits. Unfortunately, our marketing strategies develop slowly since our workload exceeds our time available to devote towards marketing.
Our beliefs: We are all called to be stewards of this world; farmers & consumers can play a pro-active part: farm stewards: improve methods & quality of production; consumers: seek farm stewards and support them; ultimately we support each other.
Although the National Organic Program does not guarantee higher nutritional produce at least they establish the first step in the process of restoring the land by prohibiting poisons (which like cancers are harmful) & also they prohibit GMOs. GMOs (genetically modified organisms) should be avoided like the plague, there is much evidence suggesting they are very harmful to us and the planet. (See links below) Farms can do a little or a lot regarding stewardship, but doing little while staying inside the Organic Program’s parameters, will not necessarily make produce nutritional quality better than conventional, extra effort is usually necessary to improve a farm’s soil & produce vitality. Allowing the land to rest and recover from the destruction of chemicals can, over time, benefit the soil’s vitality. Overcoming previous abuses and speeding up the a farm’s soil health requires understanding, effort, time & money for resources. Eventually, the soil will require less attention as the soil biology and the food web becomes stable & vibrant. We think it is worth the extra effort to produce food in a way that promotes our bodies and the Earth..
Government programs aren’t good at improving people, maybe processes, but conscientious people are necessary to make programs like “organic” respectable and the processes practical & viable. Any program is only as good as the people who run it. As for us, our primary goal is to plug into Godly wisdom and apply those best methods to farming. Certified “organic” is popular but it is just a step towards stewardship, it is not a finality and it does not gauge or assure higher nutrient density in food. We think our produce nutrient density is much higher than conventional, even most other organic produce, as a result of biological intensive farming practices.
Damaged soil biology takes time and effort to heal; process affects are cumulative and generally it takes years to get soil balance right. Each year the soil gets better & production also gets better; fruits get tastier and also last longer on the shelf. Restoration practices include amending with biological products & minerals, selecting plants and trees which enhance the eco-system, seeding with “cover crops” that enhance soil biology and keep pests in balance by creating niches for beneficial insects & animals. Cover crops can also accumulate nutrients from the air back into the soil. Methods that increase rain retention are also important.
Weeds can be beneficial, almost any weed is better than bare soil where nothing grows at all, except the cash crop. Killing everything except that which we want to eat is destructive in every way. Weeds serve a function to bring nutrients located deep in the soil up to the top, breaking up hard soils and balancing biology. We selectively remove some weeds since some are much less desirable than others. We also selectively seed plants and flowers to compete with some of the weeds. Pesticides, herbicides and fungicides, even organic ones, are not used at our farm and are not necessary. Healthy soils produce healthy plants which resist pests and disease. People who eat healthy foods also resist disease. These and other reasons are why we call our farm “beyond” mainstream organic farming. Good stewardship is a principle and it results in higher quantity and quality while improving the environment and our attitude, naturally!
Inspirational people to our Farm: this list is a partial list, not all persons are mentioned here, as there are many.
Denjiro Nishida: Father of my wife Keiko who lived in Japan but started a family farm here in Ventura County. His dream started after visiting here just after WWII. Armed with a good heart & strong will, he determined to make and save a few bucks to make it happen. I never saw anyone work as hard as he did; he would make tracks to here twice every year, would stay a couple months and work on the farm like a mule. He met the challenge of farming even into his eighties. He was a true genious and mechanical wizard. He amazingly made “junk” come alive! He was also very generous and fun to be with. If it were not for him I would not be farming. He is gone now, but we continue his dream of farming, taking care of the land. I salute him.
Masanobu Fukuoka: I never met this man but it is easy to feel like I knew him. His insight into nature and stewardship was awesome! He was a pioneer of modern Natural Farming. Much of our current farming practices are modeled on his principles. I highly recommend his book “One Straw Revolution” which is very informative to farmers & consumers. He wrote at least 2 other books which are more technical and philosophical. Try searching him on the internet….
Dr. Carey Reams: An amazing mathematician, scientist, teacher, veteran & a Godly man. His work in the field of human and plant health was extraordinary. If you like to read where things of heaven meet the farm then you may be interested in reading his work. One such work is titled RBTI (Reams Biological Theory of Ionization.) His work is a point in focus for nutrient dense farming. We employ his lessons here at the farm & use special soil tests and recommendations by people who were either students of his or emply his studies. 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 produce has little or no flavor at all? Eating two like kinds of produce can sometimes reveal big differences in flavor. Well, you can do some research, but one website that may help illustrate why is http://highbrixgardens.com/what-is-brix.html this website is hosted by the guys at AgLabs.) Here, you can also learn how to use a refractometer, a tool that measures “brix” or % sucrose, and see how it relates to nutrient density. Most foods these days seem to lack vital nutrient density & flavor. A refractometer is an objective tool that helps determine quality. Fruits and vegetables items may look the same, but circumstances determine which are higher in nutritional value. Taste buds usually help determine this but dependable taste buds come from experience.
A final note: It is very satisfying 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 is healthy, delicious, and abundant! We hope when someone searches for great avocados they will find us and 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, but Hass avocados are often available year-round. Some other avocado varieties we grow are Lamb Hass, Pinkerton, Reed, Nabal, Fuerte, Edranol, Walter Hole, Zutano & Bacon. There are some other unique varieties at our farm which are not yet identified or “unknown” but we know them, they are delicious.
Other produce seasonably available from the farm include: lemons, limes, sudachi, sweet-limes, oranges, kumquats, cherimoya, passion fruit, rhubarb, peaches, nectarines, plums, persimmons, figs, grapes, apples, apricots and pears.
I keep my own bees at the farm and I sometimes extract Raw honey (it can not be certified organic because the bees can fly farther than the controlled area of our farm.) We try to keep the bees here by planting various season trees and plants attractive & rich in resins, pollen and nectar.)
Thanks for visiting!
Frank & Keiko
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