Blue Heron

Lori Perry & Dennis Tamura

Dennis Tamura got his start in agriculture while studying gardening with Alan Chadwick during the 1970s. He subsequently helped to run the U.C. Santa Cruz Farm & Garden Apprenticeship Program for several years before founding Blue Heron Farms in 1985.

Blue Heron Farms is located in a sheltered valley blessed with a cool climate and soil that is soft and easy to work with. Both Dennis and Lori agree that their greatest asset is the people who they work with, including a wonderful group of men from Jalisco and Michoacan, Mexico, and a dedicated farmers’ market staff. As Lori says, “Although the hard work never seems to stop, there’s not a day that goes by that we don’t feel lucky to be farming here on the Central Coast, where people really care about organics and we are able to sell directly to farmers’ market customers!”

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Markets:South Berkeley (Tuesday)Downtown Berkeley (Saturday)Season:
April – NovemberProduct: Diversified vegetables and flowersFarmer's Name: Lori Perry & Dennis Tamura
Watsonville, CA, CA
Phone: (831) 722-8635
Website: Location:
Santa Cruz County, CADistance From Berkeley:
80 milesSoil Type: Sandy LoamWater Source: Underground aquiferAbout the Farm:
Dennis Tamura and Lori Perry own and operate the farm with help from 20 seasonal employees, including sons and grandsons of crew members.Organic Certification: Certified Organic by CCOF since 1986Fertilizer: CompostWeed Control: Crop rotations, tractor cultivation, weed cover, weeding/hoeingPest Management: Row covers, crop rotations, organic PyGanic, fences, bird houses, trapsAcreage: 18 acres