Greetings & Welcome!
Looking for Nutrient Dense, Organic Avocados?
Great!! That’s really smart! Our mission is to produce food with nutritional excellence and simultaneously benefit man and environment. Our small acreage farm is primarily planted in Hass avocados for commercial market, but we grow about 20 varieties of avocados for farmer’s market, as well as other fruits and vegetables. Organic certification first occurred for us in August, 2010. We love to grow in a way that improves nutrition & taste while enhancing the farm’s environment. (see product list below.)
Where to Buy: Beverly Hills Farmers Market (address info. below.) Someday, we hope to gear up for sales here on-line; maybe subscription type membership with a pick-up location near the farm. Unfortunately, our marketing strategies have developed slowly as workload exceeds our time devoted towards marketing.
Inspirational people to our farm: this is a partial list as not all could be mentioned here: there are many, including you…!
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 are tasteless, or nearly so? Big flavor differences in like kind produce is not really a mystery! I definitely believe it is related to the health of the soil. My hope is to provoke you to do some research: one website that helps illustrate why to you 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 which is shown to relate to nutrient density. A chart of indexed readings can be downloaded there as well. Most conventionally produced foods lack nutrient density and result in lack of flavor (measures of quality) and value (what you get for your money) is minimal. A refractometer is an objective tool that can objectively help determine relative quality by making comparison readings on various Fruit and vegetable samples. Dependable taste buds can come from experience, so knowing what taste means can also help determine the value of what we pay for. In summary, “modern” agriculture has emphasized too much on quantity and appearances without regard to quality. Unfortunately, the appearance have come at a great cost to the environment and human and animal health. Quality determines value, not volume; more of “less” is still less. As someone said, “don’t read books by their covers,” I say don’t judge produce strictly by appearances either. Some of our ugliest fruits have been the best tasting, which begs a question of what is going on? more later….
Our beliefs: A long list… at the core of all I do is my faith in Jesus, some call it Judeo Christian faith. Saying it that way is like talking about Jesus after a crowded elevator door closes; you or somebody else is going to get uncomfortable. I’m fine! But why should someone get un-comfortable? I think because Christianity is viewed by more people as a religion instead of a lifestyle of following Jesus. I enjoy a Christian lifestyle; I find that praying for someone who needs a miracle and see a supernatural experience occur is better than debating with them about religion. Who deserves what is not the issue. Jesus inside of me allows miracles to happen, even for really “bad” people. He is all about love and restoration and a lot of people need a lot of both. It is the goodness of god that will lead a person to change and not usually the preaching. Biblical principles have guided us in our daily work at the farm. Being uncomfortable with average is a good thing, it caused me to seek what I was looking for, a real encounter with a living God. I experienced some supernatural stuff about 6 years ago which shook my understandings and ways. These same viewpoints extend to the way and purpose of farming: to produce food in way that brings health to people and the environment. I believe God, I call Him Father or Papa, has guided us on a path that leads to all that! I don’t get people in a headlock to believe what I do what I think is right, if I can help someone out then I try. I’ll pray for people and circumstances wherever I go, often. Even if nothing apparent happens I am not wrong and it is not a failure because Love never fails. same is true for farming. Maybe someone else will see the seeds I planted have grown. I’m not ashamed of my beliefs, I live by them and I talk about them too. These beliefs are critical to my desire 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 for health and healing of people and the land, it’s faith applied to fellowship, stewardship. get to spend time with Papa at the farm, that is a good enough reward. Learning to love God and Love others by seeing the He loves me is at the core of our farm’s reason for enduring. We can all be stewards, all can participate in restoring the earth which sustains humanity; it’s a good thing to abide in these beliefs and I hope we all learn to live from that worthy perspective.
Regarding stewards; to put it in bluntly, all people either partner in stewardship or they partner in destruction; consumers do it by the way they shop. Shopping habits impact other people and places, negatively or positively. So 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 start by employing methods & quality of production that improve 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 I firmly believe it establishes a first step in the process of building up soil health by eliminating synthetic poisons commonly used in conventional farming; e.g. fungicides, pesticides, herbicides and anything else designed to kill everything except that 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 big changes in a short amount of time for farm bio-dynamics nor make organic produce suddenly more nutritious. Extra effort is usually necessary to improve a farm’s soil, which is key in producing foods with vitality. However, simply allowing the land to rest and recover from the chemical warfare will benefit the soil. But, speeding up soil recovery is possible is desirable and possible, but it requires more resources (like understanding, effort and more money.) Papa can provide help for all these..
Soils rich in available minerals is a key to health. In order for nutrient exchanges to occur, from soil to plants, there must be BENEFICAL biology in the soil to accommodate the process. Plants growing in healthy living soils require less care and resist disease. Inversely, plants grown in depleted & life deficient soils cannot confer high nutrition but 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, can only be 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 and improve taste. The methods are re-mineralizing the soil, biologically amending it, and properly testing it to make adjustments over time. 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 also break up hard pan soils and enhance soil biology. 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 balances stable or “right.” Restoration is a cumulative process, each year the soil gets better, production gets better, fruits get tastier and shelf life improves. 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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