Our journey with organic food began in 1999 when our oldest child was diagnosed with Leukemia. We began trying to feed our family only organic non-GMO food, but unfortunately at that time there wasn't enough regulations and people would falsely call produce organic that was anything but. So we started growing as much of our own food as we could. At first we did container growing and had a community garden spot at our local church. I took gardening classes and did a lot of research on how to grow huge amounts of produce in tiny spaces. One of the first things I learned was that soil was key to a productive garden. We began producing our own worm casttings and compost in 2000. In such a small amount of space we were able to produce so much that we were asked to gardening classes. In 2008, we finally brought a home with some property and were able to grow on a bigger scale. We only lived here for three days when we put our first fruit trees in the ground. After three years our fruit trees got established and produced so much that we had plenty of extra produce. We shared it with friends, family and neighbors. In 2010, Jose's was in a bad car accident that unfortuately left him disabled. Our good friends insisted on paying for the extra produce to help us out. Due to the accident Jose was unable to return work and even some normal activities, so we turned our farm into a business. Here at CJ's Organic Farm we are Certified Organic and grow heirloom non-GMO vegetables, fruits, and herbs for year round Farmers Markets and our Weekly Harvest Basket. We also sell Certified Organic Starts of heirloom vegetables and herb for your garden year round. We believe that you can grow year round no matter where your located, as long as you are willing to make some adjustments. Our small one acre family farm is located in Littlerock. CA. We have several raised bed gardens and container gardens through out the property plus 1,400 sq. ft. greenhouse with four growing layers. We have hundreds of potted plants growing around the gardens and also vertical growing towers. Even though we're small, we still have an abundance amount of producing plants and 97 fruit trees producing here on the farm. We have apples (Pink Lady, Red Delicious, Granny Smith....), peaches (Donut, Snow White, Babcock...), pears (Red Bartlett , Asian, Kieffer...), cherries (Rainer, Black Tart, Bing, Stella, North Star...), almonds, walnuts, pomegranates, figs, mulberries, jujubes, quince...just to name a few. Between the fruit trees and our gardens we harvested over 200,000 pounds of produce in 2013 and this doesn't even cover our eggs, goat milk, worn casting, manure or compost that we produce here on the farm. Over the years we've realized that farming is not simple. It is very hard work, but the end results is what satisfies us! The finish product! For example harvesting a beautiful head of cabbage today and tomorrow some bright ripen tomatoes...... All of our produce and starts are free of pesticides, growth hormones and synthetic fertilizers. We don't even use pesticides that are approved by the FDA for organic use. We take the word "organic" to a new level, we figure if it is meant to kill the bad bugs that it will kill the good ones as well. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) publishes its annual rating of conventional foods with the most and least pesticide residues to fill the void left by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which has largely failed to tell Americans they have a right to know about the risks of pesticide exposure and ways they can reduce pesticides in their diets. Here's the link to 48 fruits and vegetables with pesticide residue data. (just click on the words residue data)
We used heirloom seeds and sustainable practices so we can replant year after year. We advocate eating locally and responsibly. None of our products are GMOs (Genetically Modified Organism).