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Tres Estrellas Organic Farm and Garden is a 35-year-old, 6-acre organic production and educational farm located in Tecate, Baja California, Mexico, in a mountain valley amidst 240 acres of chaparral and oak woodlands.

Tres Estrellas is a permaculture influenced farm that elegantly incorporates organic, biointensive fruit, vegetable and herb production, agroforestry, biodiversity conservation and animal husbandry to create an idyllic example of ecological agriculture. The Mediterranean climate of Tecate, with light winter frosts, allows year-round production of a great diversity of plants at Tres Estrellas. In addition to growing nutrient dense, organic produce, Tres Estrellas protects the immediate and surrounding natural resources by building carbon rich soil, protecting and recycling water and preventing topsoil erosion.

Tres Estrellas’ organic production philosophy began nearly a century ago, when Edmond Szekely, the father of Tres Estrellas founder Sarah Livia Brightwood, met Sir Albert Howard, the creator of the organic system of raising fruits and vegetables. Sir Albert Howard’s philosophy included the use of plant compost and earthworm compost, farming without chemicals and keeping earth’s living soil organisms in balance. Sarah Livia keeps those founding principles alive in the current production system of Tres Estrellas, and elaborates on them in many ways.

Tres Estrellas Organic Farm and Garden produces organic mixed fruits and vegetables, culinary and medicinal herbs, eggs and cut flowers for three commercial kitchens. Fruits and vegetables are intensively planted in permanent raised beds that are strategically placed amongst perennial fruit and herb hedgerows. Egg laying chickens and roosters are located throughout the farm, providing organic eggs for the commercial kitchens, as well improving the health of the farm’s soil. The farm’s free-range Nigerian Dwarf goats provide the property with fire control through grazing, soil enhancement through manure production, and will one day provide fresh milk for consumption and cheese making.

Over the years, Tres Estrellas has also served as an educational center for international and national agritourists, as well as local school groups interested in learning about organic, agro-ecological food production. The farm to table café, El Cafecito, located on the farm property serves as a strategic point of education, promoting small-scale, local agriculture and a plant-based diet. La Cocina Que Canta, the cooking school and culinary center also located on the farm property, teaches and inspire visitors about the seasonal use of fresh produce and the health benefits of a plant-based diet.


La Cocina Que Canta, or The Kitchen That Sings, is the internationally recognized cooking school and culinary center located on Tres Estrellas property. World-renowned visiting chefs offer weekly cooking classes that incorporate the seasonal use of fresh fruits and vegetables from the farm.


Tres Estrellas Organic Farm and Garden offers a 10-week residential Soil-to-Table Certification Program. Students live, learn and work at Rancho Tres Estrellas located in Tecate, Mexico. The training is designed for those interested in learning about small scale ecological farming, direct farm to table operations and self- reliance.

Tres Estrellas Organic Farm and Garden is a 35-year-old, 6-acre organic production and educational farm located in Tecate, Baja California, Mexico, in a mountain valley amidst 240 acres of chaparral and oak woodlands.

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