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Small farm, big hopes

Help Stevie Hall raise funds to keep his small organic farm in the Salinas Valley alive 

Small farmers depend on their local customers — their loyal shoppers at farmers’ markets, chefs from local restaurants, local wholesale outlets and those they deliver “farm boxes” to. The pandemic has, like everyone else, impacted small farmers in profound ways. Restaurants are closed again for the time being, making farmers’ markets, wholesale outlets, and produce deliveries even more important to the survival of these small farms.

Salinas native Stevie Hall started Hall’s Organic Farms with just a quarter-acre of land, juggling school and work while working the land. Within five years he became a full-time farmer, growing his farm to 15 acres and now growing more than 40 varieties of fruits and vegetables. At local farmers’ markets he may be best known for his strawberries — he grows six different varieties — and his hilarious veggie puns!

Always a hands-on operator, Stevie is now juggling running the Hall’s Organic Farms stands at several farmers’ markets from Oakland to Monterey, making “farm box” deliveries and, of course, working the land as he always has.

Stevie is committed to sound ecological land management and managing his organic farm with both economic viability and sustainability in mind. Hall’s Organic Farms is both California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) Certified Organic and USDA Organic.

Your Help is Needed to Support Hall’s Organic Farms

With many people still sheltering in place and restaurants closing, getting organic produce to local consumers is getting more challenging, putting a strain on Hall’s operations.

Due to the pandemic, Hall has lost all six of the restaurants he used to supply as well as four out of a dozen farmers’ markets and lost his wholesale customers as well, relying now on the remaining farmers’ markets and deliveries of farm boxes.

He’s hoping the community will support his small farm, so he can grow it, access more equipment and resources, and continue providing organic produce to local communities. “After all, we’re a farm for the people and the community,” he says.

“I’d like to see more philanthropy toward organic farmers, like people donating money because they want there to be more organic farmers out there in the world,” he told the Monterey County Weekly. “I think people need to realize that if they want change (in the food system) they need to help out … with money to help farmers buy land, fund projects, buy equipment, and stuff like that.”

Stevie is incredibly grateful and appreciative of any support he gets through this fundraiser. He not only wants to see his small farm thrive, he’d like to see more young people get involved in organic farming.

And remember, eating organic is eating sustainably. Organic food is a long-term solution resulting in less soil and water pollution, a decreased reliance on oil-based fertilizers and pesticides, greater biodiversity, and less greenhouse gas emissions.

Or as Stevie says, “It’s organic, don’t panic!”

To help get the word out, you can share this link to your Facebook timeline, your Twitter feed or your Instagram page!”

Donations

  • Vyacheslav Inger 
    • $25 
    • 1 mo

Organizer

Stephen Hall 
Organizer
Salinas, CA
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