Green Gold Organic Farms
Green Gold Organic Farms was a dream of three friends who met playing softball in San Luis Obispo, located about half way between San Francisco and Los Angeles. They were all looking to do something on their own and wanted to start their own business. Melding backgrounds in construction and project management with a passion for agriculture the next logical step was for Matt, Brian and Levi to start their own farm.
Brian and Levi both graduated from the Construction Management program at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. Matt graduated from the ALBA educational farming program and also completed his Food Safety certificate at Hartnell College of Agriculture. ALBA, located on the central coast of California, offers a 10 month program comprised of a 6 month educational course in the classroom followed by a 4 month hands on farming course. After the completion of the 10 month course, Alba leases out a parcel at a discounted rate for the student farmer to start his/her production. The graduates are then free to sell their produce to ALBA and/or directly to other customers.
Matt started leasing land from ALBA in Salinas as soon as he graduated and began experimenting with what he wanted to grow and honing his expertise. About a year later in March 2013 Green Gold Organic Farms was founded. The first year was spent forming the business, building the brand and developing their label. They now have 2 acres of organic strawberries and unique sweet mini bell peppers.
Green Gold has big plans for growing their business. Next steps in 2015 are to lease additional land back where they started in San Luis Obispo in addition to another 1 ½ acres on their property in Arroyo Grande. They have a business relationship with Central Coast Grown (CCG), a non-profit modeled after ALBA. They plan to add another acre each of strawberries and mini bell peppers and hope to add avocado and citrus trees to the mix.
Matt is the Ranch Manager while Brian is the Project Manager and Levi helps with the management and acquiring new property. However the reality is that everyone does everything including pulling weeds and picking berries on the farm. Earl’s Organic is proud to be supporting aspiring farmers!
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*Strawberries 12 x 1# clamshells/case means a lower price per clamshell!
*UNIQUE NEW Mini Sweet Bell Peppers 18 pints/case
Green Gold reduces waste by using less packaging materials
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