Stolor Organics Cazenovia, NY
Stolor Organics is one of the dozens of local organic farms that Small World Food buys our ingredients from. A core part of Small World's mission is supporting local organic farmers, which not only helps to keep these farms viable but also ensures that our customer will enjoy some of the most delicious food available.
John Stoker, Jennifer Stoker, Mike Taylor. Occasionally help from family & neighbors
We own 167 acres, we run (with rental land) about 700 acres.
The farm has been in John's family for a long time. Since 1861, with John's great great grandfather, William Stoker. From there it has passed on and been worked by his great grandfather Henry, his grandfather, Burr Stoker, and taken over by John's dad, Henry Stoker in 1963 or so.
When Hank, John's brother and he took over, after the passing of his dad, they started on a quest to get away from mainstream farming with its sprays and chemicals. In 1996 they felt there was a market for organic milk and beef, they got connected with NOFA-NY.
Stolor Organics, LLC was established in July 2006 in Cazenovia, NY through a combination of family ties and an interest in healthy living and environmental sustainability. A partnership of 3; John Stoker, Jennifer Stoker and Michael Taylor (Jennifer's brother) made a decision to produce a high quality organic oil for others to use and enjoy. John and Jennifer raise the organic crops, while Michael handles the sales, marketing and administration of the company.
They believed that we could fill a niche because there wasn't much cold pressed, unrefined certified organic oil on the market. This new business would serve as an opportunity to create a livelihood in areas that are important to all three partners. Quality non-GMO, organic products at fair prices, a "no waste" resource sustainability policy whenever possible, outstanding customer service, fair business practices and a vision to eventually create a sustainable company,
Jennifer, John and Michael were inspired to start the company for a couple of reasons.... John's family has been farming in central NY for over 100 years. John's father, Hank Sr was a conventional dairy and crop farmer. When their father developed cancer in 1985 John and brother Hank Jr came home from other careers to run the family farm and help support their family (emotionally and financially). After their fathers' death in 1986 John and Hank Jr made a heart-felt decision to go organic because they felt strongly that it was a healthier, safer option and the organic category was starting to get more attention nationally. It took John and Hank 3 years, which is the rule to convert conventional farm land and their herd of dairy cows to certified organic. Twenty- four years later John, his wife Jennifer and Hank Jr and his family still farm the same land (and then some).
Certified Organic by NOFA-NY Certified Organic