Aptos and Monterey
Certified organic strawberries, cauliflower, artichokes, sugar snap peas, kiwi, brussel sprouts, shelling beans. Specialties include organic strawberry jam and olallieberry jam.
Swanton Berry Farm has been a pioneer in many areas and has an impressive history. The farm was founded in 1983 by Jim Cochran and Mark Matze, two self-described dreamers who had worked on farming cooperatives. They caught the farming bug, rented 4 acres of land and planted four acres of strawberries. Their goal was to grow strawberries organically, but up to this point, it hadn’t been done. In 1987, Swanton Berry Farm was the first strawberry farm in California to be certified organic by CCOF. In 2002, Swanton Berry Farm was awarded the EPA’s Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award for being the “pioneer… in developing the technology of farming strawberries… without relying on the soil fumigant methyl bromide,” a major contributor to the depletion of the ozone layer.
Another first occurred in 1998 when Swanton Berry Farm became the first organic farm to sign a contract with the United Farm Workers, ALF-CIO. In recognition of their leadership in labor practices, in 2003, Swanton Berry Farm was the single farm in the US selected to undergo a pilot audit of labor practices, toward the goal of establishing international labor standards for small farms. In 2004, two owners of the farm traveled to Rome to make a presentation about labor standards at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.