Southern California is home to an abundance of diverse and innovative farms that have adapted throughout time to the many challenges associated with farming in the region. On-going climatic changes, including more variable and extreme events, could exacerbate these existing challenges and result in additional impacts for the region’s agricultural lands and producers. In light of these challenges, farmers continue to play a critical role in advancing climate change solutions.
As part of the on-going efforts of the 2020 Climate Change Consortium for Specialty Crops, we are excited to share a series of producer stories, called “From the Ground Up: Farmer Profiles,” highlighting our region’s producers and the important work they do in our communities. These stories illustrate what it means to be a farmer in southern California, and the challenges and opportunities for advancing climate resilience.
The Mullins Family Farm & Frinj Coffee
Lindy and Andy Mullins
Linda and Andy Mullins are owners and growers at Mullins Family Farm in Temecula, California. The Mullins grow a diversity of organic fruits and vegetables on their farm, and are pioneering a coffee-growing movement in southern California as co-founder and COO of Frinj Coffee.
Coastal Roots Farm
Ricardo Lopez is the Vegetable Production Coordinator for Coastal Roots Farm. Located in Encinitas, California, this community-based farm specializes in organic vegetable production and hands-on education.
Grangetto Ranches Inc.
Edward and Karen Grangetto
Edward Grangetto, alongside his brother and sister, are co-owners of Grangetto Ranches Inc., where his wife Karen also works to help manage operations. Edward is co-founder of the Escondido Growers for Agricultural Preservation and works as a Crop Consultant and in handling outside sales for Grangetto’s Farm and Garden Supply.
Ellee Igoe is co-owner, farmer, and education coordinator at Solidarity Farm, and co-coordinator of the Carbon Sink Demonstration Farm at Pauma Tribal Farms in Pauma Valley, located in northeast San Diego County.
The Buzz on Bees!
Dr. James Nieh
For a special segment of the "From the Ground Up" series, we talked about climate impacts to honey bee health and populations with Dr. James Nieh, Associate Dean and Professor at UC San Diego, who participated in the 2020 Consortium.