Joe Schirmer, along with 5 full-time and 20 seasonal workers.
32 acres in Watsonville, about 90 miles from the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.
In 1997, Joe Schirmer began working for Dirty Girl Produce and two years later took the helm from the original “dirty girls” who started the farm in 1995. Joe graduated from the UC Santa Cruz Farm and Garden apprenticeship program with a certificate in ecological horticulture. Inspired by the French intensive gardening method, he has adapted tractor farming to incorporate its principles.