Johnny Gary and Heather Plaza, Organic Matters Ranch

I love a farmstand, a place where the farm and the people come together.  Growing up my family always stopped at farmstands, usually they sold corn and we would buy enough to absolutely gorge on it — we would just eat corn for dinner and I thought I was a real rogue getting away with not eating from all the food groups for that one evening meal.

Organic Matters not only has a farmstand, but they accept EBT cards — so people receiving CalFresh benefits have the option of eating great fresh local produce and meat.  They can use their benefits to join the CSA — and receive a box of produce each week — or just use their benefits to shop on a weekly basis.  Being flexible like that isn’t always easier — but Johnny and Heather are dedicated to making it work for their customers.

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Michelle Wyler CAFF; Heather Plaza and Johnny Gary Organic Matters Ranch

A relatively new development in Humboldt County is making it easier for people to get fresh local produce with their CalFresh Benefits.  Until recently, the only way people could use their CalFresh benefits to buy directly from the farmers was to go to the Farmers Markets.  Last year CAFF helped local farmers who have CSAs or Farmstands to accept EBT, AKA CalFresh Benefits.  Currently there are 4 farms offering this opportunity — Organic Matters Ranch, Redwood Roots, Shakefork Farm and Deep Seeded Farm — but hopefully this will expand.  With the rural nature of Humboldt County, many of us live many miles from the nearest grocery store, but close to a farm.  This program could provide oasis in the middle of rural food deserts.  Want to know more?  Listen here

Organic Matters Farm

Johnny Gary with Organic Matters reviewed some insight into the world of pastured pork – listen here!

Johnny Gary and Heather Plaza are the owners of Organic Matters Farm — you may remember them from their previous farm – G Farm.  Organic Matters is located in the Humboldt Bay Region near Indianola — to hear an interview with Johnny and Heather, click here.

To reach Organic Matters Farm

John Gary and Heather Plaza
6743 Myrtle Ave
Eureka, CA, 95503
(707) 407-FARM

email: heyheath@hotmail.com