Chino Valley, AZ
Hernandez Farm, located in Chino Valley, is a beautiful example of a family run farm. It’s impeccable rows and abundant plants are cared for by Ruben and Maria Hernandez along with their 8 children and 17 grandchildren. Nearly every member of this large family lives within minutes of each other, and they’re all involved in maintaining the farm. Even the smallest of grandchildren love to get their hands dirty alongside their beloved grandfather. Ruben has been farming his whole life. The skills he has developed are obvious in the lushness of the crops. The wide variety of produce that can be found at both the Prescott and Chino Valley Farmers Market from this farm is naturally grown without chemical pesticides or herbicides.
The Hernandez family recently shared their warmth and joy with a group from the Kids N Company summer program. 14 kids roamed around the farm picking raspberries while asking an assortment of questions about the farming life. With a touching amount of hospitality, the family welcomed their curiosity. Half of the family showed up with a full spread of homemade tamales, rice and beans; giving their visitors a taste of what it is like to belong to such a large and loving family. Hernandez Farm is a gift to this community as it not just a source of naturally grown produce but also a space committed to the love of family.