Larry Jacobs, President of Jacobs Farm/Del Cabo has extensive experience as a grower/shipper of organic produce. He co-founded Jacobs Farm in 1980, a successful northern California organic farming operation, specializing in culinary herbs. In 1986, Larry launched Del Cabo, with a unique vision for social change and sustainability. Through the teaching of organic growing practices and by providing funding, management and organizational skills, Jacobs Farm/Del Cabo connects over 1,200 family farms in Mexico and Guatemala with North American consumers, bringing economic opportunities to individuals in over twelve communities. Del Cabo produces and markets cherry tomatoes, basil, cucumbers, squashes, peas, onions, mangos, bananas, avocados and other fruits and vegetables.
In 2007 Larry co-founded Farm Fuel Inc., a California company that exploits the “hot stuff in mustard” and developed commercial application of anaerobic soil disinfection to eliminate soil diseases in high value crops as a replacement to methyl bromide, a soil fumigant phased out under the Montreal Protocol and Clean Air Act.
In 2013 Larry became CEO of the Great African Food Company which he founded with World Vision in Tanzania to broaden economic opportunities for small shareholder farmers and modeled after Del Cabo.
In 2013 the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) recognized him with their Growing Green Business Leader award for his pioneering work “...in scalable and equitable organic food production that prioritizes people and proves that we can grow profitable food without chemicals.”
Jacobs was awarded the prestigious Organic Trade Association’s (OTA) 2007 Organic Farming Leadership Award for “innovation in organic farming practices, his extensive work to educate farmers on organic conversion, and for being pioneers in their fields” according to OTA and was again honored to receive the “Stewards of Sustainable Agriculture” award at the Ecological Farming Association’s 2009 Eco-Farm.
Larry is on the board of Peninsula Open Space Trust protecting open space, farms and parkland in and around Silicon Valley and served on San Mateo County’s Agricultural Advisory Board from 2005 to 2012.
He graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where he studied soil science and plant pathology. He is deeply committed to growing organic food and protecting our land and soils to assure that there continues to be a place to plant and grow healthy flavorful food in the future. Larry has residencies in Pescadero, California (USA), San José Viejo, Baja California Sur in Mexico and Arusha Tanzania.
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Speaker at: Parallel Session 3 “Performance metrics for G.A.P. impacts: the potential for a common global set”
Date & Time: Tuesday, 28 October, 2:30 -4:30 p.m.
Location: Session Rooms 3&4
Public and private sector experts will share their tools and approaches for performance measurement, explain how metrics are used to evaluate G.A.P. impacts at the farm and landscape level, and explore the opportunities and challenges to defining common metrics across the globe.