Our StoryA farm with a mission
Harvest Fields Organic Farm is a certified organic farm located on the campus of Fresno Adventist Academy, in southeast Fresno. Our acreage is split among four acres of navel oranges, eight acres of field-grown fruits and vegetables, four greenhouses, and a very happy flock of 130 pasture-fed chickens with sheep on the way.
We started the farm in January 2014 because we believe that the best education you can give young people is a hands on, practical one. We are a non-profit organization partnering with the K-12 school here to provide the opportunity for children to learn math, science and especially work ethic outside in the fresh air. Along with providing a powerful tool for education, it is our earnest motive to provide nutritious organic produce at a reasonable cost to the community.
Over the past few generations people have generally become more and more disconnected from their food and how it’s grown. To help you become a bit more connected, let’s start with getting to know your farmers.
Besides the help we get from the students and volunteers, the farm is run by 6 dedicated individuals.
In David’s profession as a teacher, he came to the realization that growing food was one of the best tools for growing people. He left his career as a teacher to learn farming and has now begun his dream of integrating agriculture and education. He deals with all the administrative aspects of the farm, including the planning, purchasing and tractor work.
Hope plans what goes into the standard boxes each week, answers emails, orders supplementary produce from other farms and keeps the web store updated and all the inventory accurate. With two kids, a husband and hungry hard working farm interns, Hope has had lots of experience turning surplus farm produce into delicious meals. She has conducted cooking classes and loves to share recipes with Harvest Box customers so they know how to use their veggies! Hating to see anything go to waste, she has also started a Cottage Food Operation by turning the surplus kale, tomatoes and zucchini into nutritious dehydrated snacks. Her kids are aspiring farmers and you will often see them with dirty faces and a chicken under their arm.
Matt is a rock climbing, backpacking, singing, family man who wanted to expand his skill sets in the pursuit of independent country living. Knowing how to grow food is essential for living off the grid and he is doing a great job growing all the intensive crops in the greenhouses and high tunnels.