Phil and Katherine Foster farm 300 acres of C.C.O.F. certified organic vegetables and fruit on two ranches near San Juan Bautista and Hollister, California. They have been growing food for Santa Cruz County residents and beyond for decades specializing in melons, sweet corn, peppers, garlic and onions among others. The Fosters have a dynamic understanding of what determines a responsible, high quality business and name and integrate many responsible practices including alternative energy - the farm's tractors and trucks are fueled with B-99 Biodiesel and they harvest solar power.
Pinnacle Farms employs 40 workers full time, year round while another 15 full-time, seasonal employees return each year. They pay their employees a fair wage, offer benefits, and treat staff with respect.
200 acres near Hollister, CA (Hot Crops)
50 acres in San Juan Bautista, CA (Cool Crops)
Holding the ecosystem as central to the sustainability of farming, the Pinnacle team builds the soil with cover crops and compost. They make all of the compost needed for the farm, 4 acres are dedicated for that purpose. Their compost is made on the farm and compost materials include green waste from Bay Area cities, culled vegetables and animal manures.
They decrease water consumption by using drip irrigation whenever possible and generate solar power.