A little about us

A Little About Us

 Primeval Gardens is a small Certified Naturally Grown farm that sells the highest quality produce to local families and restaurants in the San Diego area. The farm was started by Jason and Iris Gardner back in 2009 after they purchased an 18 acre property in rural San Diego county. Jason spent much of his time on a deployment to Afghanistan carefully planning out the details and when he returned home from the rigorous deployment he and Iris got straight to work. Jason is currently a Command Master Chief in the Navy and has been on active duty for 26 years. Jason has been deployed to four different combat zones over 9 deployments. He has earned a Silver Star, Bronze star with valor, purple heart, and numerous other personal awards. He still loves his job and loves serving his country but takes great satisfaction in farming in his spare time. Iris is a full-time farmer and mom to their two small children and holds things together while Jason is deployed. Iris brings years of farming and gardening experience and a great love for the outdoors and a strong desire to provide one of our most fundamental necessities, fresh local food, to the team. The farm is in an arid region and Jason and Iris utilize many sustainable natural growing techniques to maximize their farms output in the dry climate. They work hard to ensure that the produce they are providing is absolute top-quality and never has any chemicals on or near it. They also teach gardening classes and Jason makes hand-crafted soaps. Each year the farm gets a little bigger in order to keep up with the growing demand. They take great pride in the quality of food that they produce and the knowledge that they are able to share to inspire more future farmers and gardeners. They have recently become part of the Farmer Veteran Coalition and are certified under the Homegrown By Heroes label. They look forward to using their farm to inspire more veterans to make the transition into farming.

9 responses to “A little about us

  1. Michael and Sheri Ryan

    April 7, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    Great to meet you two at the Buck Brannaman event. Blown away by the farm and your story. Next time you are back by the coast – let me know and we will take you to dinner.

    Mike Ryan

  2. Richard

    April 18, 2014 at 9:39 am

    Thank you for the presentation last night at the Hwy 94 club meeting. I have enjoyed looking over your website and wanted to wish you the best of luck. Also to thank you for your service and sacrifice to our country.

    • primevalgardens

      April 21, 2014 at 8:50 pm

      You are very welcome! Thanks for coming and listening to me.

  3. Ken Hansen

    June 12, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    Thanks for the biographies. Didn’t know Jason was a soapman. Maybe he can give me a class on that. One of the things I’ve wanted to know. Sign me up for your class, Iris. Looking forward to it.

    • primevalgardens

      June 23, 2014 at 8:04 am

      Thanks Ken. I’m sure Jason could give you a soap making class one of these days.

  4. Savannah B

    November 16, 2014 at 1:06 am

    Wow!!! I am blown away, your growing of vegetables and farming is my dream. I met Masterchief on our recent deployment and I love the stories. He even gave me advice on how deep a catfish pond should be and how to get the oxygen going below the surface. I cant wait to take these techniques and advice back home. Your tomatoe chips is the first thing on my agenda upon my return. I hope to attend atleast one of your presentations.

    • primevalgardens

      November 16, 2014 at 10:34 am

      Thank you Savannah B. I am happy that you got some useful advise and you won’t be disappointed with the tomato chips! Looking forward to meeting you. Stay safe.


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