Tomatero

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

Tomatero

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

Adriana Silva and Chris Tuohig started Tomatero Farm in 2003. The farm was named Tomatero, which means “tomato picker” in Spanish, by Adriana’s 80-year-old Nicaraguan grandmother. Tomatoes were their original crop. Over the years they diversified; they now grow many different vegetables and raise laying hens for eggs. The main ranch, which consists of 20-acres, is located in Watsonville. Chris and Adriana also farm on several small parcels, most of which are located within a mile of the main parcel.

The farm was certified organic by California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) in its first year of operation. Adriana was elected president of the local chapter of CCOF in 2010. She is working to increase participation and community among CCOF-certified farms.

The farm crew consists of family members and 20 to 25 employees, many of whom have been involved since the farm began. The farm provides steady, year-round employment and exceeds fair wage requirements.

Grows:

Tomatoes, Strawberries, Brassicas, Greens, Peppers, Squash, Melons and Root Vegetables