Smit Ranch, Inc.

John & Clazien Smit

John and Clazien Smit are Dutch immigrants who came to the United States in 1953. In 1964 they began farming cattle, which they continued until 1984 when they got serious about fruit trees. They did some research and discovered that California apples were in short supply, so they planted an apple orchard. Since then they have expanded into cherries, pluots, grapes, and most recently, blueberries. Apples are still John and Clazien’s primary love and are the mainstay of the farm. John and Clazien’s sons are all actively involved in the farm, and have helped their parents become certified organic and expand into value-added products like juices. Read more about Smit Ranch in our Summer 2010 newsletter:

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Markets:South Berkeley (Tuesday)Downtown Berkeley (Saturday)Season:
Year-roundProduct: Apples, grapes, stone fruit, blueberries, jams, and juicesFarmer's Name: John & Clazien SmitMailing Address: 12601 N. Clements Rd.
Linden, CA 95236
Phone: (209) 887-2237
Website: http://www.smitorchards.comFarm Location:
Linden, San Joaquin County, CADistance From Berkeley:
80 milesSoil Type: Sandy loamWater Source: WellAbout the Farm:
John and Clazien Smit own and manage Smit Orchards. They employ a dedicated and loyal crew who have been with them from 7-15 years. They have 7 year-round workers and 15 at peak season. One of their sons works on the farm, and 2 sons work off the farm managing farmers’ markets.Organic Certification: Certified Organic by CCOF since 2005, with the exception of their blueberries, which are not certified organic.Fertilizer: Cover crops, aged manure, fish emulsionWeed Control: Mechanical and hand cultivationPest Management: Apples are treated with Cyd-x, Surround, and Agrimycin. Grapes, cherries, and pluots are treated with sulfur. Cherries and pluots are also treated with Nordex.Acreage: 32 acres