The Plant Man: an organic farm in Baja

By Steve Kawaratani

“Organic farming appealed to me because it involved searching for and discovering nature’s pathways, as opposed to the formulaic approach of chemical farming.” –Eliot Coleman

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Steve Kawaratani

In a remote village in Baja California Sur, a remarkable story has evolved, as an enlightened resident funded an organic farming project and corroborated with two self-taught resident “farmers,” who currently grow organic vegetables for a co-op of 12 families. Their combined dedication and skill have manifested into a weekly bounty of the highest quality organic produce.

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(L-R) Teo and Zefi

Inspired by a desire to bring fresh, organic vegetables to their community, William, Teo and Zefi embarked on a journey of self-teaching and discovery. William immersed himself with visits to an organic gardening nursery, online resources, procuring organic seeds and installing a drip irrigation system. Teo and Zefi have honed their farming skills by learning to nurture the soil, studying pest management and admittedly, by some trial and error. Their combined perseverance and dedication have established an organic vegetable farm that now provides 12 families with nutritious and chemical-free vegetables.

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The organic farm which brings nutritious and chemical-free vegetables to 12 families

Embracing the principles of organic farming, our growers share firsthand the power of an ecological approach. By eliminating synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, they have embraced regenerative practices that revitalize soil health and promote biodiversity. Through composting, crop rotation and companion planting, Teo and Zefi have created a vibrant farm where beneficial insects thrive, and a natural balance is in play.

Beyond growing vegetables, the farm has nurtured a strong sense of community within the town. By creating relationships with the families they serve, our farmers have fostered a network of mutual support and encouragement. Besides providing farm-to-table vegetables, they share gardening knowledge and tasty recipes, and hope to inspire others to embrace self-sufficiency and sustainable practices.

Bill’s dream is a community where residents have access to fresh, nutritious and locally sourced produce. By promoting organic principles, Teo and Zefi strive to reduce environmental impact and enhance their deep connection to the land. Their remarkable success serves as a reminder that the power to create positive and sustainable change is in the hands of individuals who are passionate and inspired to grow organically. See you next time.

Steve Kawaratani, a regular columnist with Stu News Laguna, has been a local guy for seven decades and likes to garden and drive the Baja Peninsula with Catharine and Loki. He can be reached at plantman2@mac.com or 949.494.5141.


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