In the three-year period from 2013 to 2016, farm gate sales of California organic agriculture more than doubled as the California organic farming industry saw increases in both acreage and the number of organic growers. This was made clear by the “Statistical Review of California Organic Agriculture”, recently released by the UC Agricultural Issue Center.
The report covers the period from 2013 to 2016, showing how the total number of organic growers in California grew by 1,020 and the total number of organic acres farmed grew by 927,924, while farm gate sales nearly doubled during the four year period from $1.54 billion in 2013 to $3.12 billion in 2016.
The total number of organic growers in California grew by 1,020 from 2013 to 2016, and the review noted that some growers produce commodities in more than one group. Fruit and nut crop growers led that growth each year, gaining 545 new growers from 2013 to 2016, while pasture and rangeland growers were the least abundant, gaining four new growers.
The statistical trends in the review show large increases in organic growers, acres and farm gate sales. Even though these trends are from 2013 to 2016, Muramoto says he’s still seeing similar trends today in the organic farming industry.