Thomas Farm

Central Coast, California http://www.thomasfamilyfarmflowers.com/

Thomas Farm

Central Coast, California http://www.thomasfamilyfarmflowers.com/

Thomas Farm is unique for its rich history in the organic farming movement on the Central Coast as well as for the diversity of crops it grows. Organic farming was a new idea in 1971 when Jerry and Jean Thomas established the farm in Corralitos, California. The couple started off growing apples and tomatoes followed by sunflowers, statice and strawflowers. All crops were grown sustainably, with no chemical pesticides or fertilizers utilized.

Eventually, Jerry and five other organic growers founded California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF). The growers started the first farmers market in Santa Cruz County, the market at Cabrillo College in Aptos, which would become the flagship market of the Monterey Bay Certified Farmers Markets. As farmers markets sprung up throughout the Monterey Bay area, the organic food movement caught on.

Today, Jerry’s son Josh and daughter-in-law Kari run Thomas Farm, which consists of 44-acres. The couple has four children: Lucy, Monty, Henry and Emma. Everything on the farm is grown using sustainable practices and is harvested fresh to order or the morning of a market. Thomas Farm’s famous tulips are grown outside, instead of in a greenhouse, so they are bigger and stronger than tulips you might find elsewhere. The biodiversity of Thomas Farm’s crop plan means it’s difficult for pests to really settle in. They focus on building their soils by applying plentiful compost: approximately 10-20 tons of compost per acre per year. Cover-cropping is their tactic to prevent soil erosion.

In addition to paying all of their employees fair wages, Thomas Farm strives to provide all of their employees with year-round employment opportunities by having a huge variety of crops. Prepping and planting for the early spring flowers keeps everyone busy throughout the cold winter.

Grows:

Organic Seasonal Flowers