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Swank Farms

Tory Putnam


Bonnie and Dick Swank, along with 30 full-time and 23 part-time employees


105 total acres in Hollister, California, 47 of which are organic. 85 miles to Jack London Square Farmers Market.


Originally a dairyman, Dick mostly grew corn and alfalfa for his dairy cows in the early days, but in the mid-1990s, he switched over to growing all vegetables. Located on the southern tip of the Santa Clara Valley and nestled between the Salinas and San Joaquin Valleys, Swank Farms enjoys a unique microclimate that allows it to grow delicate lettuces, chards, and kale, as well as hearty sun-loving tomatoes, broccoli, and cauliflower. The farm’s soil is a mix of sandy clay and loam, allowing for a diverse harvest, including cherries, peas, tomatoes, and English melon.


Some of the farm is certified organic by California Certified Organic Farmers since 2006.

Fun Fact

Swank Farms opens a corn maze to the public during the fall months! Visit their website for details.


Hollister, California


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