Foster Ranches (Pinnacle Brand)

Markets

Aptos, Monterey, Carmel

Products

A wide variety of fresh, organic vegetables, melons and fruit including  onions, cippolini, shallots, garlic, broccoli, cauliflower, bok choy, tomatoes, yams, celery, leeks, kales, chard, summer squash, winter squash, and the list goes on and on!

Contact

Phil Foster Ranches
(Pinnacle Brand)

Phil and Katherine Foster
P.O. Box 249
San Juan Bautista, CA 95045
831-623-2806
pfoster@pinnacleorganic.com
www.pinnacleorganic.com

History and Philosophy

Phil Foster Ranches farm organically and sustainably in both San Juan Bautista and Hollister. In Hollister, Phil and his crew farms 200 acres. In San Juan Bautista, Phil and his crew farm 50 acres. Phil seeks to continually improve their farming methods through observation, talking with other farmers, soil and tissue testing, and keeping up with the latest research. The farming operation is actively pursuing alternatives to fossil fuels. They have 53 kilowatts of solar panels, and intend to add more. They fuel most of their tractors and trucks with biodiesel. All of the diesel delivery trucks and newer tractors use 100% biodiesel.

Soil: We build the soil with cover crops and compost.

Pest Management: We practice environmentally sensitive pest control by attracting beneficial insects, constructing owl boxes, planting hedgerows, spraying compost tea, and more. Our goal is to minimize spraying (even though the sprays are organic) whenever possible. We try to anticipate insect and disease problems, and use a multifaceted approach to preventing them, using organic techniques. Biological control is always our primary goal.

Water Use: We decrease water consumption and protect water quality by using drip irrigation whenever possible, and other water saving techniques.

Workers: We believe in paying employees a fair wage and benefits, and treating them with respect.

Certifications: Certified Organic by CCOF and IFOAM

Related Features

Phil Foster Ranches strives to maintain the Pinnacle label’s high quality by:

  • Paying their employees a fair wage and benefits, and treating them with respect. 20 workers are year-round while another 20 seasonal employees return each year.
  • Building the soil with cover crops and compost. They make all of the compost they need for their farm on 4 acres, which are dedicated for that purpose. Wood chips from San Francisco bay area cities are recycled through the composting process.
  • Practicing environmentally sensitive pest control by attracting beneficial insects, constructing owl boxes, planting hedgerows, spraying compost tea, and more. Their goal is to minimize spraying (even though the sprays are organic). They try to anticipate insect and disease problems, and use a multi-faceted approach to preventing them, using organic techniques. Biological control is always their primary goal.
  • Decreasing water consumption and protecting water quality by using drip irrigation whenever possible, and other water saving techniques. 
  • Finding alternatives to fossil fuels. We have 53 kilowatts of solar panels, and intend to add more. They fuel most of their tractors and trucks with Biodiesel. They run all of our diesel delivery trucks, and our newer tractors, on 100% biodiesel.
  • Seeking to improve farming methods through observation, talking with other farmers, soil and tissue testing, and keeping up with the latest research.