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Massa Organics

People

Greg Massa and Raquel Krach, along with their 5 children, 2 full-time workers and several part-time or seasonal workers

Farmland

The Massa family owns 700 acres in Hamilton City, 220 of which they farm organically, located 150 miles from San Francisco

About

In 1997, Greg and Raquel moved back to the Massa family farm and shortly thereafter began transition-ing a portion of the land to organic. They also took on the challenges (and embraced the joys) of selling their rice directly to the public—a rare choice for rice farmers, since the rice industry does not cater to farmers trying to hull and sell their crop in small batches. They added almonds in 2006, and in 2021 purchased an existing 12 acre orchard of organic Satsuma mandarins. Some of their orange trees are over 65 years old.The Krach-Massas also raise sheep, which help control weeds in their orchards and promote soil health on the entire farm.

Certification

California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) since 2002

Fun Fact

Greg, Raquel, and their children live in a straw bale home built with their own rice straw.

Location


Hamilton City, California

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