Multiregional organic farm increases capacity for growth through acquisition
Duncan Family Farms, a family-run multiregional producer of certified organic and sustainably grown products, specializing in young shoots, green vegetables, kale and herbs, acquired Pedersen Farmsa family farm and certified organic producer located in upstate New York.
Pedersen Farms has over 900 acres of certified organic land on which organic vegetables and grains are produced. With additional varieties and a prime location, Pedersen Farms will help expand Duncan’s product line, as well as mitigate potential supply chain challenges while maintaining sustainable agricultural techniques.
“We are delighted to join forces with Pedersen Farms as their agronomic practices and core values align perfectly with ours at Duncan,” said Patty Emmert, Community Relations and Marketing Manager for Duncan Family Farms, based in Goodyear, Arizona. “Rick Pedersen has spent the past 30 years improving the quality of organic soil and making an impact in his community. This union is precisely the type of operational excellence in which we believe and which we want to strengthen within our organization.
With this acquisition, Rick Pedersen, who founded Pedersen Farms, will continue to lead agricultural operations to ensure continuity and expertise in the field. In addition, the current staff will retain their current positions with the support of Duncan Family Farms.
“We are so grateful to the local community, our customers and our team members who have made the past 30 years a reality,” said Pedersen. “We are excited about the future that is possible with Duncan’s support, and we are proud to work alongside a team that cares as much as we do about organics and sustainability. “
Founded in 1985 by Arnott and Kathleen Duncan, Duncan Family Farms includes over 8,000 acres of organic soil. Its multi-regional operations are located in central Arizona, the Imperial and Cuyama valleys in California, southern Oregon, and upstate New York. Products are shipped throughout North America, Canada and the UK.