A $2 million donation by a Watsonville organic farming company will plant the seeds for development of an organic and sustainable agriculture learning center in the Pajaro Valley.
The donation was made by Lakeside Organic Gardens, a family-owned organic grower-shipper operation that switched from conventional to organic farming in 1996.
An educational facility to showcase organic farming has been a dream of Dick Peixoto, owner and founder of Lakeside Organic Gardens for many years. It will be a resource for people interested in starting an organic farm, learning about organic farming and those who just want to know how organic produce is grown.
“I’m a really big supporter of small organic farms,” Peixoto said, “and there’s a definite need in the area. I’d like to inspire them (farmers and new farmers) to step up to the plate and be part of the (organic) farming community.”
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