About the Farm

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Ramiro, photo by Kelly Brown

Blue Heron Farms is a 20-acre certified organic farm operating in a small sheltered valley in Corralitos, California, that is passionate about growing a diverse array of high quality vegetables and flowers.

Blue Heron was started in 1985 by Dennis Tamura after studying gardening with Alan Chadwick in the 1970s and running the U.C. Santa Cruz Farm & Garden Apprenticeship Program for several years.  Now operated by him and his wife Lori Perry, Blue Heron is driven by the hard work of a wonderful group of workers from Jalisco and Michoacan, Mexico, as well as a dedicated flower crew and market staff.

The farm is additionally blessed with a cool climate, soft soil, and surrounding live oaks and habitat that is home to deer, bobcats, and coyotes.  Although the work is demanding, we at Blue Heron are fortunate to be farming on the Central Coast, where people value organics and we can sell directly to loyal farmers market customers, chefs, and grocery stores.

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Dennis making beds, photo by Kelly Brown