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Gourmet Growers Family Farms Cooperative

WHO WE ARE

Gourmet Growers Family Farms Cooperative is a group of three families that have worked together in agriculture for many years.  The cooperative includes the families of the brothers Fernando and Fidel Flores, and Duncan Soldner.  Our products are marketed by family member name, e.g., Duncan’s Mushrooms 

 

WHERE WE ARE  -  WHERE WE SELL

The families live in Petaluma, Windsor and Geyserville in Sonoma County, California.  Each of the cooperative family members produce and process agricultural products at properties owned by them, and jointly sell those products to grocery stores, restaurants, produce brokers, and at Farm Markets.  We began selling at Certified Farmer’s Markets in 2010, and we now attend markets in Healdsburg, Cloverdale, Windsor, Santa Rosa (at the Vets), Sonoma, and Petaluma. 

 

OUR SUSTAINABLE FARMING POLICY

Family Gourmet Farms embraces Sustainable Agricultural Practices (SAP) which include minimizing the use of new raw materials and reducing waste.  Our primary crops are Agaricus mushrooms grown on a substrate made from recycled agricultural by-products such as wheat straw, cottonseed hulls and meal, rice hulls, and gypsum from recycled wall boards.  Our exotic mushrooms are grown on ‘logs’ made from compressed wood chips left over from furniture making.  Our fruit and vegetable crops are grown in native soils enriched with our ‘spent’ mushroom substrate, and watered by drip irrigation.

 

OUR PEST MANAGEMENT

Our SAP pest management program involves no pesticides relying instead on prevention of infestation.  For example, our mushrooms are grown in enclosed, air-conditioned spaces.  The growing rooms are ‘positive pressured’ by blowing filtered air into the rooms which keeps out flying insects and the potential problems they might bring with them.  

 

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We appreciate your support of our commitment to sustainable agricultural practices.

Learn more about Gourmet Growers at our website, gourmetgrowers.us

 

Gourmet Growers – Healdsburg, CA.   95441 – (707) 695-4393 – duncansoldner@gmail.com