Juan Capistranos' Organic Farm & Farmstand
Welcome to the Home Page of South Coast Farms, Orange
Counties' Certified Organic growers of wholesome, organic fruits and vegetables.
We are at 32701 Alipaz St., San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Our telephone number is 949-661-9381. For
directions to the farm use the toolbar link "Directions to Farm".
We have been farming certified organic fruits and vegetables
in San Juan Capistrano for 10 years now. When I first came back to Orange County in
1996, I had been away from the Orange County for a long time. Now 2006, the change
form rural to suburb to urban is final. Orange County, a land of fertile vineyards,
orchards and row crops is now The OC. Orange County is orange less.
Our farm is an anomaly. In less than 10 years this
could be the only farm left in Orange County. Not only is there soon to be nowhere to
farm, there is really no one to left do the farming in Orange County.
Notice that we have a few new pages on our website. Please
visit those pages to see what we are up too next. I have expanded the scope of South
I hope you find this website informative. After 10 years of
organic farming and quite few more years before that learning to farm I have some
information stored up in my head. I hope to pass it on and most of all I hope to give
you a choice. We are what we eat. We can eat what we want. We give you
another choice. That is my job, it is what we do. We give you a choice and your
support is what keeps us going! Thank you so much.
South Coast Farms was started in 1995 by
George Kibby in San Juan Capistrano. George is an Orange County native who has been
growing fruits and vegetable for 20 years. That's me.
I am dedicated to and fascinated by the
challenges of organic farming surrounded by community.
We now farm the 28 acres Kinoshita farm in
San Juan Capistrano and 4 acres in Old Town Tustin.
- Our goal is to make the farm a true community farm with a
touch of history, nostalgia, beauty and a connection between a farm, a farmer and your
food. Our farm is as Proust wrote "A remembrance of things past".
Recent Article From Natural Foods Merchandiser
This article is a brief history of how I, a suburban
boy, ended up just like my ancestors from County Cork in the bottle, a poor dirt farmer!
"South Coast Farmer Ditches Books to Dig
by Mark Mulcahy
I recently called George Kibby, the farmer for this year's Natural Product's Expo
West farm tour, to find out why he began farming.
"You know, an ag professor at Cal Poly once asked the same questionof a student"
he said. "So he told him he dreamed of making a million dollars farming like his
father. The professor inquired: 'Your father made a million dollars farming?' To which the
student replied, 'No, but he's still dreaming about it.' "
Right then I knew he was someone I wanted to meet. The real story, though, goes something
It was there that he fell in love with the fields and the people who work those
fields. Kibby, an enterprising high school student, began farming on a half acre in Orange
County, Calif., in 1975, when orange groves, strawberry stands and truck farms were very
much a part of the local landscape. It's hard to believe, looking at the area today. Kibby
worked after school and peddled berries to the local Alpha Beta markets from Whittier to
San Clemente, Calif. He would pick the fruit up at the fields, with workers hand
delivering the trays of strawberries one by one. It was there that he fell in love with
the fields and the people who work those fields.
Kibby headed off to college and studied life sciences and then agriculture business
management at California Polytechnic University in Pomona. While at Cal Poly, he worked at
a dairy and again realized how much he loved working on a farm. Because he worked at the
dairy, he was able to buy calves and raise heifers on the side.
He sold the cows at auction and, in 1980, bought some old farm equipment with the proceeds
and quit school. He had taken to heart the Cal Poly motto: Learn by doing. And learn he
He grew conventional strawberries in Santa Barbara, Calif., but became interested in
organic farming by watching what the local organic growers were doing. It was through this
observation that he became convinced that the future was in sustainable farming.
His next venture took him from Santa Barbara, Calif., to Mexico, where he learned Spanish
(invaluable for anyone in agriculture today) and more about farming. He grew vegetables
south of the border for 12 years before returning in 1996 to start South Coast Farms in
San Juan Capistrano, Calif., with his 8-year-old daughter Bianca.
They started with 30 acres of conventional farmland, and then, as Kibby put it, they set
out "to make things right." They planted cover crops to build the soil, grew a
few crops and patiently waited the four difficult yearswhile the farm income was
limited but rent and other fixed costs were highrequired to transition from
conventional to certified organic.
With the transition behind him, Kibby now loves the challenge of organic farming and
providing great food to his San Juan Capistrano community. He grows produce selected for
flavor and eye appeal, harvested at the peak of flavor, for his own farm store and
community supported agriculture program.
If you're like me, you'll probably want to meet this man who considers growing food for a
local community one of life's great callings and an important and noble endeavor.
March will be a beautiful time at South Coast Farms, with the harvesting of strawberries,
cauliflower, lettuces, brasiccas, peas, flowers, chard and much more. So whether this is
your first visit to Expo West or if you return as regularly as the swallows to Capistrano,
make sure you join us Saturday, March 8, for a wonderful afternoon on one of the last
remaining farms in the area. I look forward to seeing you there.
Mark Mulcahy runs an organic education and produce consulting firm. He
can be reached at 707.939.8355 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
- Telephone: 949-661-9381
- Fax: 949-661-9349
- Postal address: 32701 Alipaz St
San Juan Capistrano CA 92675
Please call us on the phone with any questions. Our email has