Dick Peixoto Bio

 

Dick Peixoto was born and raised in the Pajaro Valley on the Central Coast of California. At the young age of 10 he used to ride along with his dad who worked for a commercial fertilizer & pesticide company. Visiting the local farms is what peaked his farming interest that would become his life’s passion.

 

When Dick was a senior in high school he bought two old tractors and started his farming career. He rented 40 acres in 3 different locations and grew conventional pickling cucumbers and green beans. Over the next 20 years he grew that operation to 2000 acres of conventional vegetables. While operating on narrowing margins year after year he became interested in organic farming and envisioned using a lot of what he learned conventionally to help set up systems to make organic farming more efficient.

 

In 1996 Dick began the transition to organic farming with one single 50 acre ranch and 20 crops. Operating that business as Lakeside Organic Gardens he increased organic acreage annually. Today, Lakeside Organic Gardens is the largest family-owned and operated solely organic vegetable grower/shipper in the USA. Producing over 55 commodities year-round, we are committed to being 100% organically grown in California.

Producing over 55 commodities year-round, on 3,000 acres, Lakeside Oraganic Gardens are committed to being 100% organically grown in California.