Meet a Full Circle Grower: Farmer’s Own Organics
The Farmer’s Own label started with a grower cooperative in Olympia called Farmer’s Wholesale Cooperative. Charlie’s Produce, a Seattle based distribution company, purchased the label in 1991 to provide a consistent sources of quality organic produce to their customers and to secure a market for local Washington and Oregon grown produce.
Currently, Farmer’s Own represents about 20 organic family farms, whose properties range in size from 5 to 200 acres. Their farms are located from the Skagit Valley-Mt. Vernon area to North Powder, Oregon. From south of the majestic Olympic Mountains to the rich foothills of the Cascade Mountain range that runs from Canada to California.
The goal of Farmer’s Own is to provide quality produce that is packed with care and is consistently available to markets throughout the United States and Canada. This provides a reliable market for their family farms, enabling them to thrive because they have a consistent source for their crop.
Farmer’s Own growers comply with WSDA and USDA national standards defining organically grown produce. They follow natural agricultural practices such as crop rotation and cover cropping to improve soil fertility and to control weeds and pests. Several growers produce their own compost, rich in nutrients, and add it to the soil to ensure a healthy harvest.