Lucero Organic Farms

Ben, Karen and Curtis Lucero

Ben Lucero describes farming as a constant learning process. He has been learning how to farm throughout his entire life. Raised in a farm worker family of Native American and Spanish descent, one of his earliest farming experiences was picking cotton along side his parents when he was five years old. He has always farmed with an ecological mindset. He started his first organic farm in the 1960s and has been selling at farmers’ markets since the movement took off in the 1980s. In 2006, Ben’s son Curtis returned to the farm, along with his wife Priscilla. Ben says that having their extra help over the past 5 years has been great! Read more about Lucero Organic Farms in our Summer 2010 newsletter:

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Markets:South Berkeley (Tuesday)North Berkeley (Thursday)Downtown Berkeley (Saturday)Season:
April – DecemberProduct: Strawberries, raspberries, heirloom tomatoes, tomatillos, okra, cucumbers, peppers, eggplant, beans and summer and winter squashFarmer's Name: Ben, Karen and Curtis Lucero, CA
Phone: (209) 334-6136Farm Location:
Lodi, San Joaquin County, CADistance From Berkeley:
90 milesSoil Type: Sandy loam, loamWater Source: WellAbout the Farm:
Ben & Karen Lucero, along with their son Curtis and his wife, Priscilla, work full-time on the farm. They have 5-6 employees during peak season, and four children and grandchildren who help out during summer vacation.Organic Certification: Certified Organic by CCOF since 2002Fertilizer: Organic compost, cover crops, organic fish emulsion fertilizer.Weed Control: Mechanical and hand cultivation, mulch, and use of drip irrigation.Pest Management: Beneficial insects, OMRI-appoved insecticides when needed.Acreage: 23 acres