Route 1 Farms is a longtime fixture in the evolving movement towards ecologically based agriculture and has grown high quality organic produce on the Central Coast of California for over twenty five years.
Jeff Larkey and his crew are stewards of 55 acres of beautiful and fertile Santa Cruz coastal valley farmland. The farm fields are at Rancho del Oso along Waddell Creek and on Ocean St. Extension at the rural/urban fringe of downtown Santa Cruz, right along the San Lorenzo River.
From humble beginnings, Route 1 Farms has grown to meet the needs of the community without sacrificing the ideals of sustainability, productivity, beauty and efficiency. Route 1 seeks to farm the land in a way that is harmonious with nature and the people who work the land. Farming practices include ample use of compost, cover crops, beneficial habitat creation, crop diversity and rotations to ensure the long-term viability and fertility of the land.
In these crucial times in history we have to find alternatives to conventional methods of food production. Many of the practices and materials used in conventional agriculture have advanced (not really the right word) to the point that they are threatening the survival of many forms of life, including, the survival of small diverse organic farming systems. For instance, the USDA and many of our states and universities do not seem to think it is a big deal for our seed stocks to become contaminated by genetically modified organisms (GMO’s). These uncontrollable patented crops are being planted into the environment which then cross pollinate with non–GMO crops that we depend on to produce our seed stocks. For this reason we have made the Safe Seed Pledge and pledge to do our part to spread awareness and to inform our customers of this danger. We urge all of you to inform yourselves and if you feel moved, to act and get involved.
Agriculture and seeds provide the basis upon which our lives depend. We must protect this foundation as a safe and genetically stable source for future generations. For the benefit of all farmers, gardeners and consumers who want an alternative, we pledge that we do not knowingly buy or sell genetically engineered seeds or plants. The mechanical transfer of genetic material outside of natural reproductive methods and between genera, families, or kingdoms, poses great biological risks as well as economic, political, and cultural threats. We feel that genetically engineered varieties have been insufficiently tested prior to public release. More research and testing is necessary to further assess the potential risks of genetically engineered seeds. Further, we wish to support agricultural progress that leads to healthier soils, genetically diverse agricultural ecosystems and, ultimately, people and communities.