For more than 80 years, Wholesum Harvest, a third generation family farming operation, has been growing safe and wholesome produce. Run by brothers Theojary, Ricardo and Adrian Crisantes, Wholesum Harvest grows certified organic tomatoes, peppers, squash, cucumbers, eggplants and mangoes at its farms in Arizona and Mexico. Crops are produced through traditional plant breeding methods, never with genetically modified seeds.
The Crisantes brothers now operate the family farms started by their grandfather, Miguel Crisantes Gatzionis, in Sinaloa, Mexico, as well as newer state-of-the-art greenhouses in Northern Mexico’s high Sonora desert and Nogales, Arizona. Theojary, a trained agronomist, and Adrian, a trained horticulturalist, manage growing operations for the company. Ricardo acts as Wholesum Harvest’s general manager. The brothers credit their father, Theojary Crisantes, Sr., who inherited the business from his father, with the vision for organic and sustainable farming.
“Our father believed that organic farming was better for the people who work the land and healthier for consumers eating the food,” said Ricardo Crisantes. “He was really ahead of his time. He thought we should leave the earth better than we found it, eschewed agrochemicals, and pursued sustainability.”
Today, the Crisantes family still employs many of the same old world growing practices passed down over generations, but has also embraced new, environmentally cognizant technologies to promote sustainability and minimize Wholesum Harvest’s environmental footprint.