Greece is one of the oldest wine-producing regions in the world. The earliest evidence of Greek wine has been dated to 6,500 years ago where wine was produced on a household or communal basis. In ancient times, as trade in wine became extensive, it was transported from end to end of the Mediterranean; Greek wine had especially high prestige in Italy under the Roman Empire. In the medieval period, wines exported from Crete, Monemvasia and other Greek ports fetched high prices in northern Europe.
In keeping with the classic farming traditions of Greece, Sotories Filandrianos was an architect and designer of vineyards that produced some of the finest grapes in Greece. Filandrianos began farming his own land with organically grown vegetables. Most farms were small with four or five acres of land. Farmers grew enough food to support their families and, at times, they grew a small surplus to sell at the local market.
This tradition was passed down the family line to his son Angelo and eventually to his grandson, Tony.
Angelo, came to the US and started a landscape business in the High Dessert where he also continued with the lineage of growing crops in the organic traditions. Originally, he started with 5 acres, but over the last 40 years has increased the farm size to an additional 20 acres.
Back in Greece, Sotories Filandrianos had always grown his crops organically and this has been carried down to the present day, including catching rain water in barrels for irrigation and composting completed crops and any unsold vegetables. These traditions have always served organic farmers well and proved to produce a crop that excels in nutrition as well as keeping the land in its original productive state.
The farm is tended every day by the Filandrianos, and all the crops are hand-picked and fresh when you see them at the Farmer’s Market.
Recently, Tony leased two acres of land in Chino Hills from the Boys Republic who also assists in tending the land.
Boys Republic is a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian school and treatment community for troubled youngsters. Since its founding in 1907, it has guided more than 28,000 at-risk teenage boys and girls toward productive, fulfilling lives.
The land is former pasture land from dairies and the countless years of grazing have left a soil rich in nutrients producing crops that flourish. Through the wonderful partnership with the Boys Republic, an additional five acres will soon be leased and the youth will be part of a legacy of farming and keeping the land in its original productive state and working to maintain a healthy environment, a vibrant community, and a strong and sustainable local economy.
Where To Find Us
You can purchase our fresh vegetables and FREE Range Eggs at the following Farmer's Markets:
"Large scale chemical agriculture is poisoning our soils and our water, and weakening our communities. By buying direct from a family farm you can help put a stop to this unfortunate trend.
By buying organic produce from your local farmer, you are working to maintain a healthy environment, a vibrant community, and a strong and sustainable local economy for you and your kids to thrive in."