Coke Farm

Organic Tomatoes - Coke Farm - San Juan Bautista, California

Commitment to Organics

Growing organic produce was the raison d’être for Coke Farm from the very beginning. Dale Coke started farming because he wanted to show that organic food production was possible. That it was also economically feasible was not apparent in the first few years. Organic agriculture is in tune with nature’s processes and acknowledges partnership with her, avoids adding more toxins to the environment, improves soil health, providing healthy working conditions for farmers and agricultural workers, and providing safe, nutritious food for consumers.

The cornerstone of organic farming maintains that healthy soil grows healthy plants. Crop rotation, cover crops, beneficial insects, compost, organic fertilizers and non-synthetic materials for pest and disease control are the tools used to achieve this healthy balance.

The National Organic Board (NOP) accredits third-party agencies, such as CCOF, to inspect and certify farming operations. Coke Farm was the first farm of the Central Coast chapter to be certified back in 1981 and its certificate number is cc001!

Coke Farm Organics

 

 

ORGANIC FARMERS PRESERVE AND BUILD HEALTHY SOIL the foundation of the food chain and the primary focus of organic farming.

ORGANIC FARMERS PRESERVE WATER RESOURCES
by eliminating polluting chemicals and nitrogen leaching.

ORGANIC FARMERS PRESERVE PLANT DIVERSITY
by using genetically diverse varieties. While conventional farming seeks to use fewer varieties developed to prosper within more universal and heavily controlled production systems, organic farmers tend to use varieties adapted to local conditions.

ORGANIC FARMERS PRESERVE SPECIES DIVERSITY
by including forage crops in rotation and retaining fence rows, wetlands and other natural areas.

ORGANIC FARMING KEEPS RURAL COMMUNITIES HEALTHY by offering small farms an alternative market where sellers can command fair prices for crops.

ORGANIC FOOD MEETS STRINGENT STANDARDS
that are required of any grower approved for certification. Organic farms are inspected at least once a year.

ORGANIC FOOD TASTES GREAT
because it is grown in healthy living soils and typically picked ripe and shipped direct.

ORGANIC FOOD IS HEALTHY
because it is not exposed to persistent pesticides and on average contains more nutrients such as Vitamin C, magnesium, calcium and iron and important cancer-fighting antioxidants.

ORGANIC FOOD CONTAINS NO GMOs
which are prohibited under organic standards.

ORGANIC FOOD IS SAFER FOR CHILDREN
who eat larger amounts of fruits and vegetables for their body weight, and so run higher risks from exposure to pesticides.

"I live in Santa Fe, New Mexico and just purchased your organic strawberries from La Montana Co-Op. Not only are they delicious, but these are the first berries I have seen in a non-plastic container. Thank you SO much"