For our first farmer profile of the "From the Ground Up" series, we talk with Linda and Andy Mullins, owners and growers at Mullins Family Farm in Temecula, California and co-founder of Frinj Coffee. Check out their Q&A on the blog today!
As part of the on-going efforts of the 2020 Climate Change Consortium, hosted in partnership by the Climate Science Alliance and the California Department of Food and Agriculture, 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 for our communities.
The first profile of the series is on Linda and Andy Mullins, owners and growers at Mullins Family Farm in Temecula, California. The Mullins grow a diversity of organic fruits and vegetables, and are pioneering a coffee-growing movement in southern California as co-founder and COO of Frinj Coffee.
Climate Science Alliance (Alliance): Why do you farm?
Linda and Andy Mullins (Mullins): Because it is how we want to live.
Alliance: Describe Mullins Family Farm.
Mullins: We live on almost 4 acres at about 1900 feet in Glen Oak Hills in Temecula Wine Country. We specialize in providing organic produce to 4 restaurants. We provide avocados to our customers approximately 10 months out of the year. We also grow Winter Squash and last year produced 2600 pounds. We are growing our coffee, passion fruit and dragon fruit business and hope to start providing a commercial crop in 2021. We are certified organic by CCOF.
Alliance: What do you love about your farm?
Mullins: I love the diversity of the farm. We grow a variety of avocado trees (Bacon, Fuerte, Hass, Pinkerton, Lamb Hass, Reed, GEM, Sharwill, Mexicola…) and coffee trees (Centro Americano, Caturra, Geisha, Paca, PacaMara, Laurina…) and two kinds of winter squash that we sell commercially. For family use we have lemons, limes, blueberries, oranges, apples, dra