What does it take to be an organic pioneer in the Sonoran Desert? Vision, bravery and tenacity. Plus a whole lotta grit and we aren't talking sand.
The Mittendorf/Armistead families have been farming Arizona citrus in the East Valley for four generations. Donna Armistead’s grandfather, Thomas Armistead, planted one of Mesa’s original commercial citrus groves, a crop that would become a pillar or Arizona's economy.
For over 100 years, members of the Armistead family and their descendants have carefully tended to nearly 400 acres of Navels, Valencias, Lemons, and Pink Ruby Grapefruit in the eastern Phoenix valley. They have been growing certified organic citrus for over 10 years. Today, Donna and David Mittendorf, along with their sons Kevin, Ryan and Chris, carry on a rich, ancient tradition of farming in one of the oldest food producing regions in the United States.
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