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!