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Looking for Nutrient Dense, Organic Avocados?
Great!! Give us a try! Our main crop is avocados, primarily Hass. The farm is considered small but commercial sized. Nutritional excellence is our produce mission. Organic certification first occurred for us in August, 2010, we produce other fruits and vegetables and we love to grow them in a way that improves nutrition & taste while enhancing the farm’s environment. The other fruits & vegetables grown here are more seasonal; the list of varieties is expanding (see product list below.)
Where to Buy: Beverly Hills Farmers Market (address info. below.) Someday, we plan to expand sales here on this website or by subscription with a pick-up location near the farm. Unfortunately, our marketing strategies develop slowly since workloads exceed our time to devote towards marketing.
Inspirational people: this is a partial list; not all could be mentioned here as there are many; the following are primary.
Denjiro Nishida: My father-in-law started a farm near Oxnard, in the late 1980’s. After serving as a Colonel in the Japanese cavalry during WWII, he came to America in the 1950’s for a 1 year government sponsored agriculture relations program . He liked here very much and he made a dream to start a farm here someday. I never saw anyone work so hard. He and his wife would travel here twice every year, stay a couple months and work like mules. Denjiro met the challenge of farming into his eighties. A true genious and mechanical wizard, he would amazingly transform old “junk” at the farm into life and give it new purpose. He was fun to work with. If it were not for him I would not be farming.. He is gone now, but we continue his dream of farming. Kampai!
Masanobu Fukuoka: I never met this man but it feels like I did after reading his books. His insight into nature and stewardship is awesome! He was a pioneer of modern day natural farming. Much of our farming practices are modeled after his teachings. I highly recommend his book, “One Straw Revolution,” to farmers & consumers alike. He wrote at least 2 others that I’m aware of but they are more technical and philosophical for average interests. Try searching him on the internet….
Dr. Carey Reams: An amazing mathematician, scientist, veteran, teacher and Christian. Most of his work was based on biblical principles, God’s will for man and earth, etc. His work in the human and plant health field was extraordinary. If you like reading how things of the planet are related to a creator then his work is super. One such work is titled RBTI (Reams Biological Theory of Ionization), a tool which he used to focus in on nutrient dense farming practices. We employ some of his practices and rely on special soil tests and recommendations made by people who wholeheartedly follow his teaching. One such person was Dr. Dan Skow, a past university student of his. He is gone now too, but his legacy also is highly esteemed. His company is still in service and resources are available at www.aglabs.com
Food for thought: Have you ever wondered why some fruits or vegetables have little or no flavor ? Flavor differences in like kind produce is not a mystery! Do some research: one website that helps illustrate why is http://highbrixgardens.com/what-is-brix.html (this website is hosted by the guys at AgLabs.) While there, learn how to use a refractometer; a tool that measures “degree brix,” a % sucrose measurement; learn how it relates to nutrient density; a chart of indexed readings can be downloaded there as well. Besides lacking flavor, most foods lack nutrient density (quality) and value is minimal. A refractometer is an objective tool that can help determine quality by making comparisons on various Fruit and vegetable samples. Dependable taste buds come from experience, knowing what taste means can also help determine the value of what you are paying for. Modern times has brought too much emphasis on quantity and appearances without regard to quality. Only quality determines value; more of “less” is still less, we don’t live on volume. As someone said, “don’t read a book by it’s cover,” this applies to produce as well. Anyway, as I say, “first you have to read a book in order to form an opinion on it.”
Our beliefs: It’s a long list… at the core is Judeo Christian faith. Try talking about Jesus after a crowded elevator door closes; you or somebody else is going to get uncomfortable, for sure. OK, Christianity is a lifestyle of following Jesus and employing all that to any event, it was never meant to just be a theology. Example: I would rather pray for someone that needs a miracle and see a supernatural experience occur for them rather than debate with them about religion. Jesus inside of me allows it to happen; if you’re going to be possessed I say let it be by Holy Spirit. Seeking the Kingdom first and all it’s righteousness and bringing it wherever in daily work. It has only been six years now that I started walking out faith. I had become dissatisfied with seeing a lack of God reality and I rarely saw it in church. Being uncomfortable is a good thing, it caused me to seek what I was looking for. I experienced some supernatural encounters which changed my understanding and events. It is possible to have a relationship with God, I call Him Father or Papa. I don’t get people in a headlock to believe what I do but I can help someone out if I see a need. I pray for people and circumstances often. Even if nothing apparent happens I am not wrong and it is not a failure because Love never fails. Maybe someone else gets to see the seed I planted grow. Over the last 6 years, many awesome things have happened, miracles that defy what people can believe. I think Christians are here to become Love, not just to say a prayer to get to heaven. I’m not ashamed of my beliefs and I live by them. These beliefs are critical to my occupation, to continue farming. Without faith I would have quit farming long ago; it’s often a thankless job with very little financial reward. But our goal is to farm in a way that brings health and healing to the land and to people, it’s faith applied to fellow man & nature and I get to spend time with Papa here, that is a good reward. Learning to love God and Love others as ourselves is at the core of our farm’s reason for enduring. We believe all people are called to be stewards and all can participate; it’s a good thing to abide in these beliefs and I hope we all learn to live from that worthy perspective.
Regarding stewards, everyone can play a part; to put it in bluntly, all people either partner in stewarding the land or they partner in it’s destruction, consumers do it by the way they shop. Shopping habits impact other people and places, negatively or positively. If someone wants to change the world they must first be the change they want to see in others, even if it means facing adversity. Farm stewards employ methods & quality of production that improve all living things, starting with soil. Consumers can and should seek these steward type farmers and support them! Simultaneously, farmers and consumers share in each other’s circle of well being.
Organic does guarantee nutrient density in food, but at least it establishes a first step in the process of building up soil health by eliminating synthetic poisons which are commonly used in conventional farming; e.g. fungicides, pesticides, herbicides and anything else designed to kill everything except that which is desired to be eaten or make a profit from. “Organic” also prohibits the use of GMOs (genetically modified organisms), they too were created for profit and control, not your health. Much evidence suggests GMOs are very harmful to us and the planet. If evidence is correct then along with toxic chemicals, they too should be avoided like the plague. (See a link ahead)
Farmers can do a lot, or little, to steward the land. But doing little while staying inside the Organic parameters is not likely to make organic produce more nutritious. Extra effort is usually necessary to improve farm soils which is key in producing foods with vitality. Simply allowing the land to rest and recover from the chemical warfare will benefit the soil. But, speeding up soil recovery is possible if desired, but it requires more resources (like understanding, effort and money) What abuses cause a need for recovery you might ask? All the artificial chemicals designed for crop “protection” and destruction of pests are often detrimental to the soil as well.
Soils rich in available minerals is key to healthy foods. In order for nutrient exchanges to occur, from the soil to the plants to us, there must be living biology in the soil to accommodate the process. Plants growing in healthy living soils require less care and resist disease. Plants grown in depleted & life deficient soils do not confer high nutrition and attract disease. We think extra effort to make or buy food that promotes the Earth and people’s bodies is worthy.
The organic program, like any other government program, is only as good as the people who run it, or have influence over it. My prayer is that good people will always run it. To us, “Certified Organic,” while popular, is only a step in the right direction, not a finality. As it stands, Organic certification does not gauge or assure higher nutrient dense food. But, extra effort can produce those results. The methods are re-mineralizing the soil, biologically amending it, and properly testing it to make adjustments. If the Organic program gets weird from outside pressure we’ll bow out and we’ll work with groups that try to establish criteria for quality.
Weeds: they are sometimes beneficial, almost any weed is better than barren 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 enhance soil biology. Still, we selectively remove some weeds, some are way less desirable than others. We select seeds, plants and flowers to compete with “weeds.” Pesticides, and fungicides, even organic ones, are not used at our farm.
Generally it takes years to get soil balance right; restoration is a cumulative process. Each year the soil gets better, production gets better, fruits get tastier and last longer on the shelf. In addition to amending with biologicals & minerals we select plants and trees which enhance the eco-system. Seeding “cover crops” builds soil biology and keep pests in balance by creating habitat niches for beneficial insects & animals. Cover crops also accumulate nutrients from the air into the soil. Physical land adjustments (see earth surgery link below) and biological amendments to the land increase rain water retention nutrient accumulation.
These beliefs and other reasons are “beyond” mainstream organic.
Final note: It is very satisfying for us to grow produce which we think excels in vitality. While we are better than we used to be we can still improve as it is a process. Many customers have said things like, “your avocados taste great!” It puts a cherry on top of our goal to grow food that is not only delicious but healthy, nutritious, and abundant! We hope when someone searches for “great avocados” they will find us & end up with more than just information, but also great food and friendship.
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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Avocado varieties; 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. Some unique varieties grow at our farm which are not yet identified, “unknown” as we call them, but we know them, they are all delicious!
Other seasonal fruis: Apples, apricots, berries, cherimoyas, figs, guavas, grapes, kumquats, lemons, limes, passions, peaches, pears, persimmons, plums, pomegranates, quince, rhubarb, tangerines,
Bees: Good for the farm! I keep them mostly for pollination, but sometimes we extract honey (raw). It cannot be certified organic 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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