I’m a fifth generation farmer in Ventura County California. The blog’s name comes from the town of Saticoy, near the site of the family farm. Saticoy is slowly fading into neighboring Ventura, and we now find ourselves close to the urban-rural boundary. We grow citrus fruits and avocados at the home ranch and another near Santa Paula. Are we sustainable? After 130 years on the same piece of ground, I think so, but the word means different things to different people.
For those who are interested, we are “conventional” farmers for the most part: most of our lemons go into the Sunkist system, and our avocados may be in your local supermarket. (Or Chipotle!)
But if you are in the Southern California area, you might have sampled our Meyer Lemons or figs at Paradise Pantry in Ventura, or on the menu at a Totally Local VC dinner. We are not organic certified, and I don’t know that we ever will be. However, we have employed beneficial insects, mulching, cover-cropping, and careful water usage for a long time, and are always looking at new techniques. In addition to the Meyer Lemons, we have 8 other varieties of fruit that we are evaluating, including figs, apples, persimmons, apricots and pears. Most of this fruit is destined to go to local consumers.
Thanks for reading!