Earthbound Farm

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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 became an investor in Earthbound Farm.[7] In 2013, Earthbound Farm was acquired by WhiteWave Foods, owner of Horizon Organic milk, for $600 million.[8]


  1. ^ a b Amanda Hesser, Salad in Sealed Bags Isn't So Simple, It Seems, 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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Coordinates: 36°52′29″N 121°33′13″W / 36.87472°N 121.55361°W / 36.87472; -121.55361