Vince and Vicki Bernard began farming their land in 1979 and have been bringing their produce to market since 1980. They work the farm together with their son and one other hired hand and sell their fruit themselves at the Ferry Point Plaza market and at a local greenmarket. Their land is farmed sustainably by relying on the use of beneficial insects like parasitic wasps, lady beetles, & lace wigs to avoid the use of synthetic pesticides or herbicides and they trap gophers manually. Their soil is fertilized with seaweed and urea, they have drip irrigation systems throughout the groves to conserve water, and they use mushroom compost for an added hit of nitrogen compound – an element that fruit trees crave. The superior flavor Bernard Ranch avocados and citrus fruits is the combined result of ultra-rich, seaweed-packed soil, ideal terroir and hands-on farming.
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