The Story of Kitayama Brothers Farms
At the end of WWII, Tom and Ray, the two eldest Kitayama brothers, came to San Francisco’s East Bay and worked for famous flower pioneers, Yoshimi Shibata of Mt. Eden Nursery and Dan Shinoda of San Lorenzo Nursery.
They loved growing flowers, and three years later opened their own greenhouse on less than one acre. They were soon joined by their two younger brothers, Ted and Kee, forming Kitayama Brothers in Union City, CA.
California grown products meet some of the strictest growing standards, and labor and pesticide regulations in the world. It’s no surprise that KB Farms operates using environmentally friendly and sustainable practices. They come naturally to us.
For more than a decade we’ve focused on reducing our use of pesticides by using Integrated Pest Management. We use a variety of methods and tactics to control pests, including “softer chemicals”, biological control (good bugs that eat bad bugs), as well as Spidex and persimilis mite bags.