Dirty Girl Produce was founded in 1995 on a small piece of land in Santa Cruz. Joe Schirmer started working for the farm in 1997 after completing the UCSC Farm and Garden Program and working on other farms. Joe purchased Dirty Girl Produce in 1999, and has since expanded the business from 3 to 24 acres, adding new crops like strawberries and dry-farmed Early Girl tomatoes.
Dirty Girl Produce farms on two pieces of land. One parcel is a few miles inland, where it gets hot enough to grow tomatoes as well as a variety of beans and heat-loving herbs like basil. The other parcel overlooks the Pacific Ocean. There, the cooler weather is perfect for strawberries, brassicas, alliums, and greens.
In addition to selling at farmers’ markets, Joe is active in the farmers’ market community as a board member for
organizations SCCFM (Santa Cruz Community Farmers’ Markets) and CUESA, which operates the Ferry Plaza Farmers’ Market.
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Santa Cruz, CA 95062
(831) 566-2433 (stella)
www.dirtygirlproduce.comWatsonville, Santa Cruz County, CA 91 miles Sandy Municipal Owner Joe Schirmer farms year-round with the help of 4 farm managers and 5 part-time employees. During peak season there are approximately 20 paid employees. Certified Organic by CCOF since 1995 Compost Hoeing and tractor cultivation, hand weeding Companion planting, maintaining on-farm habitat for beneficial insects, and use of row covers 24 acres