Coke Farm has been producing organically grown fruits and vegetables for over 25 years. In 1981 founder Dale Coke was inspired to begin growing organic strawberries when a conventional farmer speculated that strawberries could not be grown without the use of herbicides and pesticides. Dale planted his first strawberries in August of 1981 on the home ranch near Aromas, California. The plants produced successfully and a local natural foods store became the first Coke Farm customer. Dale started planting more crops and joined the Santa Cruz chapter of CCOF (California Certified Organic Farmers).
Phil and Katherine Foster farm 250 acres of CCOF and IFOAM certified organic vegetables, melons and fruit on two ranches near San Juan Batista and Hollister, California.
Using the unique microclimates of each area allows them to grow over 60 different fruits and vegetables, including cool season crops such as lettuce and cabbage and hot season crops like sweet corn, bell pepper, garlic and onions.
Not only do the Fosters practice basic organic farming methods, they also make their own compost and focus on building the nutrition in their soil to yield the highest quality food. The Fosters do this by using cover crops, practicing environmentally sensitive pest control, decreasing water consumption and protecting water quality by using drip irrigation whenever possible.