Gary and Natasya Gundersen own and operate their 2-acre farm – Mr. G’s Organic Produce – in unincorporated Jacona, about 20 miles north of Santa Fe. They started farming their land about 15 years ago and have been fulltime farmers in New Mexico ever since (they previously farmed 12 acres in Kauai, where they grew ginger). Gary caught the farming bug while he was a student at the University of California – Santa Cruz working in the Farm and Garden Project as part of the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems. The Farm and Garden Project discovers environmentally and socially sound methods to produce and distribute crops.
When Gary and Natasya started farming, they felt they had to teach customers about organic growing methods, but now the consumer is more educated and enthusiastically supports organic farming. The Gundersens are big advocates of using the Biodynamic French Intensive method of farming and want people to know you can grow large amounts of food on small amounts of land.
What They Grow
The farm produces a variety of greens, lettuce, salad mix, peppers, eggplants, beans, squash, peas, specialty tomatoes, root vegetables, Japanese cucumbers, eggplant, and sunflowers.
Favorite Food to Grow
Natasya’s favorite food to grow is lettuce, and the demand for the crisp greens reflects her dedication.
Where They Sell
You can email the Gundersen’s with questions.