Years before the Stehly Family began farming in Valley Center, the roots of Stehly Farms stretch back to the agriculture days of Orange County, CA. Nicholas J Stehly founded the original farm in the 1920′s, and was later acquired by Jerome Stehly Sr. where he continued farming. As the population in Orange County grew, farm land got thinner and the Stehly Family felt the pressure and knew it was time to get back to open land. In 1964, Jerome Sr. moved the farm to where it sits now in Valley Center, CA. In the late 1970’s, Jerome Sr. decided to shift his focus from inside the chicken barn to the groves that line the 278 acre property. Jerome and Noel Stehly acquired the operation in 2002 and Stehly Farms Organics was born.
“My father always told me that the best fertilizer is a farmer’s footprints. In our case, we have two sets of footprints.”