At the April 2018 Food History meeting Jerry Rutiz of Rutiz Family Farms in Arroyo Grande shared the history of agriculture in his area and the story of his farming experience and the impact of urbanization on his business. Ruiz Family Farms has been growing quality, pesticide-free, organically fertilized vegetables, berries, culinary herbs, and cut flowers since 1981. Their farm stand, located adjacent to the farm’s thirty acres of beautiful land just outside of Arroyo Grande, allows for direct sales of our farm products, harvested at their peak of ripeness and flavor.