Ted and Fran Loewen and their grown children, Bryce and Renata, along with 1 full-time farm manager and 30 seasonal employees.
78 acres in Reedley, about 200 miles from the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.
In 1931, Fran’s grandparents, Daniel and Babette Lichti, bought the land that has become Blossom Bluff Orchards (which sits on a bluff overlooking the Kings River). Fran’s father, Herb, farmed with his parents, then married and raised his family on the farm. Ted took over farm operations in 1990. Bryce has moved into the farmhouse next door, and Renata is also working on the farm.
The Loewens produce over 175 varieties of high-quality certified organic tree fruit. They primarily market their fruit through direct sales at farmers markets and to restaurants and stores. Most of the fruit is picked at the height of maturity, so what you buy is ready to eat. Overripe fruit is dried or dehydrated.
California Certified Organic Farmer since 2006
Sandy loam, built with aged manure, compost, and legumes as cover crops.
Water for flood irrigation and some drip irrigation is pumped from the nearby King’s River.
Mowing (including a berm mower) and discing (also for rodent control).
Creates habitat for beneficial insects often by leaving the “weeds” in the orchard, uses pheremone disruption, applies Bacillus thuringiensis at bloom time, and coats dormant trees with oil to smother pests.
Blossom Bluff Orchards grows over 175 varieties of fruit.
Blue Bottle composts everything they can, about 70 percent overall. At the roaster in Oakland, they fill a 1.5 yard compost container (about three or four 64-gallon green bins) at least twice a week.
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