Earthbound Farm

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Earthbound Farm
Founded1984; 37 years ago (1984)
FoundersDrew and Myra Goodman
HeadquartersSan Juan Bautista, California
ParentTaylor Farms

Earthbound Farm is an American farm located near San Juan Bautista, California. It is the largest producer of organic salads in the US.[1] It was also the first company to produce prewashed, packaged salad greens on an industrial scale.[2] Earthbound Farm was founded in 1984 by Drew and Myra Goodman, on a 2.5 acres (10,000 m2) farm in California’s Carmel Valley.[1][3] Just over two decades later, the company employed over 150 growers on 30,000 acres.[4] By 2015, nearly 50,000 acres were in production.[5] In The Omnivore's Dilemma, Michael Pollan referred to Earthbound Farm as "a company that arguably represents industrial organic farming at its best."[6]

In 2009, HM Capital acquired Earthbound Farm.[7] In 2013, Earthbound Farm was acquired by WhiteWave Foods, owner of Horizon Organic milk, for $600 million.[8] In July 2016 it was announced that the French company Danone would purchase WhiteWave Foods for $10.4 billion.[9] The acquisition was completed in April 2017 and the newly formed company was named DanoneWave.[10] Earthbound Farm was acquired again in April 2019 by Taylor Farms.[11]


  1. ^ a b Amanda Hesser, Salad in Sealed Bags Isn't So Simple, It Seems, The New York Times, January 14, 2003.
  2. ^ Samuel Fromartz (2005). Organic Inc.: Natural Foods and How They Grew. Harcourt. ISBN 978-0-15-603242-1.
  3. ^ Dawn Withers, Earthbound Farm turns 25, sees organic remaining strong, The Packer, August 25, 2009.
  4. ^ Whitney, Jake (28 January 2007). "Organic Erosion: Will the term organic still mean anything when it's adopted whole hog by behemoths such as Wal-Mart?". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 30 March 2015.
  5. ^ "Earthbound Farm Organic: Our Story". Earthbound Farm. Retrieved 30 March 2015.
  6. ^ Michael Pollan, The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, The Penguin Press, 2006, ISBN 978-1-59420-082-3, Pg. 162.
  7. ^ Griffith, Erin (2009-07-21). "HM Capital Buys The (Organic) Farm". PE HUB. Retrieved 2015-04-19.
  8. ^ Anderson, Mark C. (9 December 2013). "Locally-based organic giant Earthbound Farm sells to WhiteWave Foods". Monterey County Weekly. Retrieved 30 March 2015.
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  11. ^ "Taylor Farms buys Earthbound Farm from Danone". Retrieved 2019-09-26.

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Coordinates: 36°52′29″N 121°33′13″W / 36.87472°N 121.55361°W / 36.87472; -121.55361