Putting Culture Back In Agriculture

We produce nutrient-dense food, global ethnobotanical seeds and educational programs on a model holistic farm

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Heart and Soil Farms is a 133-acre organic farm located just between the coast and the small city of San Luis Obispo, Ca. We are governed by a sociocratic model by a group of farmers and educators with a shared aim of practicing and promoting regenerative ecological agriculture in service to human and environmental health.


We feel incredibly lucky that we get to do what we love. We’d love for you to take part in the Heart and Soil experience. For more information, get in touch!


Our Mission

A Better Way to Farm

We dream of a sustainable and thriving human existence on a harmonious and balanced planet. We believe that natural and fresh food is fundamental to a healthy lifestyle. Our mission is to produce quality,  nutrient-dense food, global ethnobotanical seeds, and educational programs. We also promote sustainable and socially responsible farming by using the most environmentally friendly growing techniques. Learn more about our work process on our blog.


Meet Our Team

From our family to yours, Heart and Soil Farm is open for business. Our family is compiled of 10 talented and wonderful farmers, administrators, and other professionals who all come together in pursue of our common mission. If you’d like to find out how you could join the team, please get in touch!


Larry Kandarian


Meet Larry Kandarian, the man with a mission. A farmer with 50 years experience, he never stops moving and doing. From the grass & flower seed business to sustainable, organic, Earth-friendly regenerative farming, he has an astonishing wealth of knowledge and is a passionate steward of the land.

John Richardson


Meet yeoman John Richardson, a farmer with 50 years experience growing organic mushrooms, vegetables, livestock, and orchards. UC Master Gardener Educator, ACDI/VOCA USDA consultant, and longtime mushroom lab culture educator.


Rob Barnett


Meet Robert Barnett, community garden educator, nature photographer, and researcher on topics of permaculture, agroecology and cooperative economics. Studied agribusiness management and soil science at California Polytechnic University then began his own operation growing CSA vegetables and raising ducks.

Guy Frenkel

Master Baker / Educator

Guy Frenkel of Céor is globally celbrated experimental baker from Los Angeles who test bakes and develops recipes for his local California farmers. His creative handmade breads  were displayed at the Laurent and Martin Art Gallery and the Craft and Folks Art Museum in Los Angeles. He is an ambassador for the Sourdough Library in Belgium. 

See Céor’s breads here: @ceorbread


Erik Hjermstad 


Erik Hjermstad  has been inspired throughout his adulthood to generate an understanding of how one may achieve health and wellness in one’s life. He is fascinated by the challenge of creating healthy ecologies, and has passionately engaged to find organizational practices by which groups of individuals can legally and fairly collaborate with one another in regenerative endeavors.

Edward Fletcher


Edward Fletcher has 35 years herbs & botanicals industry, US Pharmacopeia committee expert, previous Chairperson and current member for the Board of Trustees of the American Herbal Product Association and as well as the Botanical Raw Materials Committee Chairperson. He serves on the Advisory Council of the National Center for the Preservation of Medicinal Herbs, the General Chapters Expert Panel of United States Pharmacopeia, the Medicinal Plant Working Group and others.


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