Vegetables, fruits and nuts account for 95% of organic sales in California
California Agriculture 50(6):9-13. DOI: 10.3733/ca.v050n06p9.
A total of 1,159 organic farmers sold over 70 individual commodities, grossing $75.4 million from 45,493 producing (physical) acres in 1992–93. All but 5% of the growers raised some fruit, nut or vegetable crop. Organic production in California is highly concentrated: The largest 7% of organic farms claimed three-fourths of the total gross sales, while half of the farms were smaller than 5 acres with annual sales of under $7,500.
K. Klonsky is Extension Economist, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Davis. L. Tourte is postgraduate researcher, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Davis.
The authors gratefully acknowledge the cooperation and assistance of the California Department of Food and Agriculture Organic Program. Support for this project was provided by the Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation, the UC Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program, and the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Davis.