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Blue Heron Farms


Dennis Tamura got his start in agriculture while studying gardening with Alan Chadwick during the 1970s. He subsequently helped to run the U.C. Santa Cruz Farm & Garden Apprenticeship Program for several years before founding Blue Heron Farms in 1985. Blue Heron Farms is located in a sheltered valley blessed with a cool climate and soil that is soft and easy to work with. They are surrounded by live oaks and habitat that is home to deer, bobcats, and coyotes. Both Dennis and Lori agree that their greatest asset is the people who they work with, including a wonderful group of men from Jalisco and Michoacan, Mexico, and a dedicated farmers’ market staff and flower crew. As Lori says, “Although the hard work never seems to stop, there’s not a day that goes by that we don’t feel lucky to be farming here on the Central Coast, where people really care about organics and we are able to sell directly to farmers’ market customers!”

Contact Information

  • Contact Name: Dennis Tamura
  • Phone: 831-722-8635
  • Email:
  • Address: 216 Merk Rd. , Watsonville, SANTA CRUZ, California 95076, US

CCOF Programs

  • Certification: Handling
    Status: Certified
    Date: November 14, 2014
  • Certification: USDA NOP
    Status: Certified
    Date: March 1, 1988
  • Certification: Crops
    Status: Certified
    Date: March 1, 1988



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