Green Thumb Organics

Providing healthy, organic food for his community is at the heart of Rudy Jimenez’s mission as a farmer. Rudy graduated from the Agricultural Land Base Association (ALBA) and Hartnell with a Farmer Education Course (‘PEPA’) to start to develop his organic farm and gained valuable skills to increase his career opportunities in agriculture.

Growing up in a farmworker family in Monterey county, he founded Green Thumb Organics Farms with his dad a three-acre certified organic farm in East Salinas, California. In Salinas he serves youth ages 15 to 24, formerly incarcerated youth, migrant youth, and parents. Rudy was the 2019 recipient of the California Small Farmers Guild “New Farmer of the Year” award for being recognized as an organic farmer from across the state who has contributed to a stronger local food economy by promoting food justice and empowering a new generation of agrarians.

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Markets:North Berkeley (Thursday)Season:
Year-roundProduct: Diversified vegetables, herbs, strawberriesFarmer's Name: Rudy Jimenez
Salinas, CA, CA 93906
Website: Location:
Salinas, Monterey County, CADistance From Berkeley:
115 milesSoil Type: SandyWater Source: WellAbout the Farm:
During peak season, there are 6 workers and 4 year-round workers. There are 2 family members working at the farm. Students through the ALBA program help on the farm.Organic Certification: CCOF certified since 2017Fertilizer: Plant fertilizer and animal manureWeed Control: Mostly hand-weeding, hula tools, tractorPest Management: Growing beneficial plants around crops.Acreage: 3 acres