Greetings & Welcome!
Looking for Nutrient Dense, Organic Avocados?
Great!! Maybe we can connect! The farm’s largest crop is avocados, primarily Hass. We are a small farm but commercial sized with a mission for nutritional excellence. Our Organic certification first occurred in August, 2010, for all crops we sell but we love to produce fruits and vegetables in a way that improves their nutrition & taste while enhancing the farm and it’s environment. Other fruits & vegetables grown here are more seasonal but our produce variety is expanding (see product list below.)
Where to Buy From Us: Beverly Hills Farmers Market (address info. below.) Someday, we plan to expand sales here on this website 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 could be mentioned here as there are many; the following were primary. In the course of time, others become influential as well.
Denjiro Nishida: My father-in-law started a farm here, near Oxnard, in the late 1980′s. He had served in the Japanese cavalry during WWII, he was very brave and intelligent but also very humble and endearing. His good character lead to an invitation to learn American Agriculture in the 1950′s and His dream to here developed during a one year visit. I never saw anyone his age work so hard. He and his wife, Tsugie, would travel here twice every year, stay a couple months, work like mules and then return to their lives in Japan; we all ate delicious Japanese cuisine while they were here! Denjiro met the challenge of farming into his eighties. He was a true genious and mechanical wizard. Amazingly, he could transform “junk” at the farm and make it live! It was fun to work with him! 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 plants, animals and the land. Kampai!
Masanobu Fukuoka: I never met this man but it feels like I did when I read 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 teaching. I highly recommend his book “One Straw Revolution” to farmers & consumers alike. He wrote at least 2 other books that I am aware of which are more technical and philosophical. Try searching his work on the internet….
Dr. Carey Reams: An amazing mathematician, scientist, veteran, teacher and follower of Jesus. Most of his later work was based on biblical principles, 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 nutrient dense farming practices. We rely on special soil tests and recommendations made by people who employ his wisdom in farming. One such person was Dr. Dan Skow, a past university student of his. He is gone now too, but his legacy is also highly esteemed and his services can be found at www.aglabs.com
Food for thought: Have you ever wondered why some fruits or vegetables have little or no flavor yet sometimes others do? Flavor differences of like kinds produce can be 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, 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. These days, 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 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. In modern times, there has been way too much emphasis on quantity and appearances without regard to quality. Only quality determines value, more of “less” can still be less. As it’s said, “one should not determine a book by it’s cover and how many copies there are.”
Our beliefs: Oh boy, it’s a long list. First I will mention what is at the core: a Judeo Christian faith but I’m not interested in debate with someone about it. I would rather pray for someone’s needs and see if a supernatural experience occurs for them too. What started as faith, a religion I guess, has since become real experiences. I do not try to get people in a headlock to believe what I do. I accept that others have their beliefs just like I have mine. God is real and He’s a loving Father! Christianity, of course, is Jewish at root, since Jesus was Jewish. I am not religious but I live my life according to biblical teachings, particularly the ones of Jesus. Unfortunately, many Christians have not learned what that looks like yet. I really think we are here to become love, not just to say a prayer and go to heaven. Actually, we can pray for others and watch heaven get into them too. I’m not ashamed of my beliefs and I live by them. They are critical to my wanting to continue farming, particularly to farm in a way that brings health and healing to the land and to people. Biblical teachings such as: “love God and Love your neighbor as yourself,” ”all are called to be stewards,” these are good things to abide by and I hope we have good in common.
Regarding a steward, 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 by the way they shop. People’s 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 (and the environment’s) well being.
Organic does not guarantee produce is nutrient dense, but at least it establishes a first step in the process; it eliminates 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” prohibits the use of GMOs (genetically modified organisms), they too were created for profit and control, not your health. There is much evidence suggesting GMOs are very harmful to us and the planet. If evidence is correct then along with the 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 will not necessarily make organic produce more nutritious than conventional methods. Extra effort is usually necessary to improve farm soils in order to produce foods with vitality. Simply allowing the land to rest and recover from the destruction of chemicals will benefit the soil. But, speeding up soil recovery is possible when desired, but it also requires more resources (like understanding, effort and money) What abuses caused a need for recovery you might ask? Probably all the artificial chemicals designed for plant enhancement and destruction of pests. The destructive “ways” are too numerous to list here but many are simply from ignorance, yet others seem intentional and evil.
Soil and foods with minerals in balance are a key to good health. 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. By Nature, plants whose health is compromised from depleted soils attract disease. Plants growing in healthy living soils require less attention while resisting disease; these soil food webs are vibrant & stable. Plants grown in depleted & life deficient soils do not confer high nutrition and attract disease, treatments with toxic chemicals continues the cycle. Our lives now seem no different when chemical medicines are the vicious circle for health treatments. We think extra effort is worth it to make or buy food that promotes the Earth and people’s bodies simultaneously.
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, certification does not gauge or assure higher nutrient density in food. We think our “beyond” organic methods of producing food gets results. The methods are re-mineralization of soil, biologically amending it, are in addition to other wise farming practices. If the Organic program gets weird we’ll bow out and we’ll work with groups that try to establish criteria for quality.
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.
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 enhance soil biology. At our farm we selectively remove some weeds since some are much less desirable to us than others. The selective seeds, plants and flowers compete with less desirable ”weeds.” Pesticides, and fungicides, even organic ones, are not used at our farm. These beliefs and other reasons are why we call our farm “beyond” mainstream “organic”.
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 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 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
Check out the Beverly Hills Farmers’ Market on Facebook
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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