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Lucero Organic Farms

People

Curtis and Priscilla Lucero and 6 seasonal employees.

Farmland

19.45 acres in Galt, Sacramento County about 90 miles from the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.

Farm History

Ben Lucero started his first organic farm in the 1960s, and although he found it difficult to make a living, he didn’t give up. When the farmers market movement took off in the early 1990s, Ben found his niche and made a real profit for the first time. In 2006, Ben’s eldest son, Curtis, retired from the Army as a Military Police Non-Commissioned Officer with 20 years of Active Duty, and returned to help run the family farm. His wife, Priscilla ran a licensed daycare and preschool on the farm from 2009-2018. Ben and his wife, Karen, retired from farming at the of the 2018 season. Curtis and Priscilla purchased a 20-acre ranch in Galt, where they continue the original practices of the farm and expanded their current operations, which includes a farm stand on the property, farm tours, farm-to-fork dinners, and community and private events. The Luceros are creating a sustainable, biodiverse farm that encompasses the entire ecosystem. To maintain soil fertility, they rotate crops, plant cover crops, and apply compost. The farmland has natural waterways, plentiful permanent habitats, and an abundance of wildlife. The Luceros vision is that their farm will serve all for many generations to come!

Soil

Soil on the farm is a sandy loam and clay mixture. It is amended with an organic compost that contains no animal products. Fish emulsion and cover crops enrich the soil with nitrogen, a key plant nutrient. Crop rotation also helps to prevent depletion of minerals in the soil.

Water Use

Water is sourced from a well and occasionally from Mokelumne River and is delivered to plants via drip tape.

Weed Control

Hand and machine cultivation.

Pest Management

Crop rotation, selection of resistant varieties, hand removal, creation of habitat for beneficial insects, owl boxes to control rodents.

Fun Fact

Karen started out as a loyal Lucero farmers market customer. Before long she was lending a hand on the farm, where she met Ben—and the rest is history!

Location


Lodi, California

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