Eco Farms: 86 mi from Oxy in Temecula, CA
Steve Taft, President and CEO of Eco Farms, began growing, packing and selling produce from his family’s farm in the Pauma Valley area in the early 1970’s. His parents were strong advocates of natural farming, using biological fertilizers and avoiding the use of pesticides whenever possible, which put them among the very earliest of “organic” avocado and citrus farmers, creating Eco Farms Avocado Company in 1972. They chose the name Eco Farms from the phrase “ecological farming” to reflect this philosophy. After a few years of packing in small sheds in Rainbow and Fallbrook, they purchased property in Temecula, which is 86 miles from Oxy, and in 1978 opened the first commercial avocado packinghouse in southern Riverside County. Oxy serves their organic citrus and avocados.
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