Lucero Organic Farms

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 alongside 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! Four children and grandchildren also help out on the farm during summer vacation.

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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 loamWater Source: WellAbout the Farm:
Ben & Karen Lucero, along with their son Curtis and his wife, Priscilla, operate the farm. They have five seasonal employees at peak.Organic Certification: Certified Organic by CCOF since 2002Fertilizer: Organic compost, cover crops, organic fish emulsion fertilizerWeed Control: Mechanical and hand cultivation, mulch, and use of drip irrigationPest Management: Beneficial insects, OMRI-appoved insecticides when neededAcreage: 23 acres