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Wholesum has long been a company that stands on strong principals, pledged to the highest standards in organic growing. We converted our farms to organic starting over 30 years ago to grow healthier products for our customers; create safer environments for our workers; and lessen our impact on the planet. We are proud of our history as a company advocating for integrity and continual improvement in the organic farming community.
We now feel we need to publicly clarify our position, as a company, on the next Farm Bill as it pertains to the role and function of the NOSB and... Continue reading
Fair trade is all about putting people first. It's about changing the lives of the workers who produce the food we eat, the coffee we drink, and the clothes we wear. It's about securing the rights of workers who are marginalized. In short, it's the right thing to do.
Fair trade practices usually involve agricultural or crafts workers in developing countries in the Southern... Continue reading
At Cece’s™ Veggie Co., our organic growers and suppliers are like family! Today we have a special double-header feature on one of our sustainable sources, Wholesum Harvest. Cece’s™ team leads in operations and purchasing traveled to Arizona to visit the Wholesum team, and then we had the pleasure of hosting the Wholesum team in our own facility in Texas!
Nogales, AZ - Wholesum Family Farms plans to offer organic blueberries and strawberries this year from its new joint venture Wholesum Berries. Owned by Wholesum Family Farms and organic berry growers in North and South America, Wholesum Berries will distribute blueberries and strawberries from California this year and plans to add blackberries and raspberries later, according to a news release.
“Wholesum Berries is a significant opportunity for our growers and will be focused on developing current and anticipated product sales,” Ricardo Crisantes, chief operating officer for Wholesum Family Farms, said in the release.
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AMADO, AZ - America Just Got Its First Fair-Trade Certified Farm — and that’s big news in a country where 85% of the fruits and vegetables consumed are picked by hand.”
This was the big announcement in mid 2017 from Wholesum Harvest in Amada, AZ, a third-generation, family-owned-and-operated farm. As a Mexican&n... Continue reading
TEXAS – As the effects of Hurricane Harvey continue to be felt, many in the produce industry are stepping up and mobilizing efforts to alleviate the effects of the catastrophic storm and feed displaced denizens of eastern Texas. One such effort is Wholesum Harvest’s; the company is bringing together its organic partners alongside farmers, shippers, wholesalers, and producers to ship truckloads of produce to those in the affected areas.
Workers at a tomato farm in Nogales, Ariz., got a check this month for more than ,000. And they expect more money to come.
The approximately 130 workers of Wholesum Harvest are still deciding how to spend the money, but they say their initial priorities include subsidizing transportation, recreation areas and medical insurance.
Wholesum Harvest gave great presentations last year at our Portland and Eugene facilities where we were able to learn about their story and the positive impacts of Fair Trade certification (presentation slides here). We heard first-hand about their organic operations in both Mexico and Arizona, how striving for best practices for their farms and workers encouraged them to get fair trade certification for their Mexican operations, how fair trade works for them and how the fair trade money is used. This year, Wholesum Harvest took another important step by also getting their Arizona farming operation fair trade certified, becoming the first farm in the U.S. to get a fair... Continue reading
AMADO, AZ - It’s 7 a.m. in Amado, Arizona, and the sun is rising over the greenhouses of Wholesum Harvest’s tomato farm. Workers trickle up the driveway in their cars. One by one, they hang their coats, wash up, and prepare to begin another hard day’s work. Potters enter the greenhouses to deleaf and prune tomato... Continue reading
Nogales, AZ - Complaints recently made regarding Wholesum Harvest, and our certifier Quality Assurance International were filed with the USDA. In response, Theojary Crisantes, VP of Growing Operations for Wholesum Harvest stated “We’ve been growing certified organic, with passion and integrity since 1991. For twenty five years we’ve met the strict guidelines of the USDA Organic regulations, and have been subject to yearly audits and certification by a third party, just like every other certified organic grower out there. The timing and targeted nature of the complaint coming just days before a debate and v... Continue reading
Nogales, AZ - Fourteen Certified Organic growers and distributors, from Portland, Oregon, Southern California and Nogales Arizona are donating over 34,000lbs pounds of fresh organic fruit and vegetables and shipping them into Lafayette Louisiana to support the victims of the August floods, over 45,000 of whom are still in compromised food situations, living in hotels, hostels or in homes that have been gutted due to the flood damage.
NOGALES, AZ & VOORST, THE NETHERLANDS - In a new collaboration, Wholesum Harvest has partnered with Vitalis Organic Seeds to launch 'Vitalis Born, Wholesum Raised,' which will see tomatoes marketed by Wholesum and grown with Vitalis organic seed getting a new label. The new label was designed to celebrate the organic integrity of the product, from seed to store.