John Givens started John Givens Farm in the Goleta Valley under the “Something Good” label in 1980 with 1 acre. Over the years, John Givens Farm grew slowly to its present size of 180 acres in 12 locations stretching over 30 miles. Our goal is to provide fresh, local, organic produce of excellent quality all year long. Our seasons for many items are extended due to the diverse microclimates on our land. We use innovative methods for cultivating produce, such as nurturing tomatoes in cold frames in the winter, which dramatically extends their availability into the cooler months. We plant many varieties of produce every week of the year. This gives us timely arrivals of seasonal products with extended growth terms.

   We at John Givens Farm believe that diversity of crops creates a more sustainable farming ecosystem, while greater biological variety provides a healthier diet for its consumers. Our fertilizer program includes composting, cover cropping, and major and minor mineral additions that provide mineral and microbiological enhancement to the crops while providing you with tastier produce and better shelf life. We harvest daily to provide the freshest produce for your table. We attend neighborhood and short-distance famers markets to distribute locally and to interact directly with the consumer. We ship all around the country and we deliver to regional stores. What we would like to do, however, is distribute more produce closer to home, saving fuel costs from transportation and from refrigeration on several levels. This would naturally leave a smaller carbon footprint on the planet.

 
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