Avalos Farm

Efren Avalos

Efren Avalos has been farming for his entire life. He grew up farming in the state of
Michoacan, Mexico, with his parents, both of whom were 4th generation farmers. After coming to California at the age of 17, he spent 12 years as a farm worker for a large strawberry company. In 1998 he founded Avalos Organic Farm on 4 acres of land near Hollister, CA. Since then, he has expanded to 16 acres, growing a broad selection of produce for farmers’ markets and restaurant accounts. When you see Efren at the market, he is always smiling. As he says says, “I love my job because I can bring this nice community a little bit of the good food that they deserve.” Read more about Avalos Organic farm in our Winter 2006 newsletter.

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Markets:South Berkeley (Tuesday)Downtown Berkeley (Saturday)Season:
Year-RoundProduct: Strawberries, melons, tomatoes, and diversified vegetables and herbsFarmer's Name: Efren AvalosMailing Address: P.O. Box 1252
Hollister, CA 95024Farm Location:
6000 Frye Ln. Hollister, San Benito County, CADistance From Berkeley:
120 milesSoil Type: ClayWater Source: WellAbout the Farm:
Efren Avalos owns and manages Avalos Organic Farm. He is joined by 4 full-time workers during peak season, and 2 full-time workers in the winter.Fertilizer: Efren maintains healthy soil by using cover crops and good crop rotations.Weed Control: Hand weeding and mechanical cultivationPest Management: Use of a vacuum system and beneficial insectsAcreage: 16 acres