Know Your Farmer

Los Angeles CSA – Yao Cheng Farms

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In 1990 David To along with his family started Yao Cheng Farms in Irwin, California. Now Yao Cheng Farms operates 30 acres of land in Camarillo, California. When asked why he choose to farm he said, “This is what I enjoy doing. I believe that farming is healthy for the mind and the body. I have done this for a long time and have made so many connections throughout the years with my customers. Everything that I grow is organic and I make sure they are beautiful.” David believes in giving back to the community and is excited to be part of the Community Supported Agriculture program. Yao Cheng Farms is certified organic and primarily sells to wholesale clients throughout southern California.

 

Farms we’ve worked with in the past:

Los Angeles County CSA – Padao Farms

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Padao Farms was founded in 1985 by Seng Yang and his wife, Padao Yang. Yang and his wife were refugees of the Vietnam War. Like many other refugees, they farmed as a way of life in the mountains of Southeast Asia. Due to little knowledge about America, they resorted to farming as way to make a living in the new country. From growing tomatoes on small plots of land to 40 acres of lemon grass, farming was a way of life and the means to raising their family.

With the passing of Mr. Yang, Padao Farms is now run by his wife and three sons. The farm operates in Fresno, CA on 14 acres of land which they use for production of various produce to meet the needs of their customers throughout California, including Los Angeles and the Bay Area.

Padao Farms practices sustainable farming methods to ensure the quality and long term maintenance of the land. Much of the produce grown on the farm came from recycled seeds or non-GMO seeds from local nurseries. All produce is pesticide free and grown on arable land with organic fertilizers.

Los Angeles County CSA – Her Farms

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Mr. Cha Her is a Hmong farmer who was born in Laos and came to this country in 1979. He runs “Her Farms,” which is a 10 acre plot of farm land in Clovis, CA and each week drives down to sell produce in Marin County on Thursdays and Montrose & Atwater Village on Sundays. Like many Hmong farmers, Mr. Her believes in sustainable farming and does not use any pesticides or chemicals on his crops.

To learn more about Mr. Her and see pictures of his farm: Click Here

San Gabriel Valley CSA

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It all started with a dream in 2008.  Founder, Marca Guo, a Bonsai Farm owner, wanted to develop a pesticide-free farm to provide fresh produce to the community and local schools, and educate children on farming, and the health benefits and importance of pesticide-free fruits and vegetables. Three years later, on July 22, 2011, this dream became a reality, and Greenshower Farm officially opened to the public. Today, Greenshower Farm is a 2 acre, self-sustained, pesticide-free fruit and vegetable farm, tucked away in the busy suburb of Rowland Heights, that is open to the public every Saturday from 8am-1pm.  They also have pick-up and delivery services, farm tours, field trips, and volunteer opportunities available. For more information please visit: www.greenshowerorganicfarm.com

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Richard Untal is the Farm Manager of the Earthworks Community Farm located in the beautiful Whittier Narrows Recreation Area of South El Monte, CA.  The Earthworks Farm is a working and educational farm run by the San Gabriel Valley Conservation Corps (SGVCC).  They facilitate programs in organic farming for at-risk youth residing in the San Gabriel Valley, and host community workshops to residents of the neighboring communities.  Richard practices sustainable and organic growing methods and is strongly against the use of pesticides or chemicals in the growing process.  Earthworks farms even makes their own compost on site!  To find out more information please visit: www.earthworksfarmgarden.org

Long Beach CSA – The Growing Experience

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The Growing Experience (TGE) is a 7-acre urban farm located in North Long Beach, California, within the Carmelitos public housing development, which is operated by the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles.  TGE is a resource serving the residents of Carmelitos as well as the greater Los Angeles-Long Beach community. Programs and activities showcase environmental sustainability, including urban agriculture for the creation of a local food system, water/resource conservation, and research/implementation of new technologies to increase productivity.

Orange County CSA

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Mr. Cha Her is a Hmong farmer from the agricultural capital of the world: Fresno, California. Mr. Her runs Beyond Bok Choy Farm and drives down weekly to sell produce in Los Angeles County on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. He then heads down to South Orange County on Sundays. Beyond Bok Choy Farm first started in his own backyard, when he and his family first migrated to the US and found that they could not find the same produce they were used to in their homeland in local grocery stores. Mr. Her soon got the idea of selling his extra produce to the surrounding Hmong community instead of throwing it away to waste. In 2000, Beyond Bok Choy Farm was officially established as Mr. Her secured a larger piece of land and expanded the sale of his produce to other farmer markets in California. Beyond Bok Choy Farm is a sustainable farm and does not use any pesticides or chemicals.