Our mission is to use regenerative agricultural techniques in order to utilize and improve the productivity of the environment from which we draw our sustenance. We practice responsible land stewardship in order to harvest from and simultaneously improve our ecosystem. We, at EcoCulture Farms, will leave our children with a better world than we have now.
We strive to steward a highly functioning ecosystem in order to produce an abundance and variety of edible and salable products. Closing the waste stream, improving relationships with our local community, spreading knowledge and awareness around food and agriculture are central to the functioning of the farm. Each enterprise of the farm has the ability to stand alone, yet each play a pivotal role in each others functionality and efficiency. Our livestock, vegetable production, fruit tree cultivation, and soil building programs feed and support each other in a cohesive and harmonious manner.
About The Farmers
Jack Shallow's vision began when his kids (Cory, Daniel and Josh) were young. He and his wife wanted to help the kids create a positive work ethic and learn how to manage a business. He originally intended for the farm to be a family project to promote growth through knowledge, education and good old hard work. Jack and his wife, Jacquie, began learning about grapes (since Temecula has its own beautiful wine country). They maintain their own vineyard and have great success. The first year, Jack miscalculated just how much work it was going to take to harvest: "So I realized within 5 minutes that I was going to need some help. I called up some family and friends and within hours we had everyone out helping harvest. The next year they all just showed up asking if it was time to start harvesting. We realized that it was a really nice event that people loved and wanted to be a part of!" Slowly the farm grew from a few grapes, to having chickens and a pig, and eventually into the working farm it is now. This all with a little help from family, friends, and passion for their cause.
Cory’s passion for agriculture and land stewardship began in his parents’ vineyard when he was 18. Watching the vines grow year after year and observing their growth patterns sparked an interest in plants that would grow into a passion for regenerative agriculture. Cory would eventually attend Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and graduate with a BS in Agricultural Plant Science with a minor in Sustainable Agriculture. He also holds a Certification in Permaculture Design. With his experience and education, Cory has dedicated himself to growing food in harmony with nature to produce clean, nutrient dense goods and improve the productivity of the land he farms.
For both Jack and Cory, it was never about the money. The most important aspect of their farm is to leave their little piece of earth better than how they found it. They set out to make a change and to help their community become more sustainable while reconnecting people with agriculture. "Regarding the reason why, I had met all of these amazing people who were really changing the world in a really subtle but powerful way and I just felt like I really wanted to be a part of that... There has been this disconnect between people and their food and it is causing a lot of issues that our generation is now facing."