Homegrown Organic Farms
Homegrown Organic Farms
Spread over 3,500 acres of lush, fertile farmlands in California and Oregon, each of the 40-plus USDA organic-certified growers brings something different to the table at Homegrown Organic Farms (HGO). Local growers who are as diverse as the various fruits and vegetables they harvest, they also have unique stories to tell of why each switched to organic farming—whether for health, economic or environmental reasons.
For example, John France started farming when he was 18-years old. Back then France Ranch was dependent on chemical intervention for growing crops. However, this proved frustrating to the family. In 1989, John and his wife Cindy turned over a new leaf by certifying their first organic farm.
In 1998, John and Cindy France started Sierra Heights Marketing to promote their organic farm products. As word of mouth spread among other growers, “the company grew from just me and Cindy to over 40 organic growers of all kinds of fresh produce commodities,” John explains. They renamed it Homegrown Organic Farms in 2008, with John France as president and owner.
After decades of farming experience John recognizes the only constant is change. And therefore, the need to constantly revisit key elements of farming practices in striving to produce, “a memorable piece of fruit.”
HGO explains on its website that organic farming is age-old sustainable farming with the aim of maintaining a healthy soil and balanced eco-system by:
- Growing crops that provide cover and wildflowers as havens for beneficial insects
- Delivering farm produce without using fungicides or preservatives to extend shelf life
- Recycling naturally derived fertilizers and employing crop rotation to complement nature’s seasonal cycles of renewal and sustainability
A fundamental philosophical shift to grow natural, tasty food without using chemicals
HGO’s goal to provide food safety and transparency to consumers requires: 1) USDA organic certification for all produce and 2) welcoming unannounced third-party organic certifiers to visit their farms.
Now, you and your family can also enjoy these delicious organic fruits simply by clicking on any of the selections below. And a great way to surprise Aunt Christy or Uncle Dean with these organic gifts to grace their table!