Ojai Roots is a modern farm re-invisioning a robust local food system. Our mission extends beyond producing the healthiest, highest-quality products. We are educators, innovators, and proud stewards of our land in the heart of Ojai.
We are a real food experience.
Ojai Roots encompasses several projects that further our mission of re-envisioning the local food system. Primarily, Ojai Roots is a diverse and ecologically focused farm. We operate a farmbox delivery program for locals in the Ojai Valley and supply a range of restaurants and food purveyors across Ojai, Ventura, and Santa Barbara with high-quality food. We regularly host special events for our members on our beautiful properties, and when other local producers meet our sustainability and quality standards, we proudly support their farms as well. Our work is aimed at creating an innovative regenerative food system that addresses many of the environmental, social, and public health problems present in traditional food production and distribution.
Evan Graham Arango
FOUNDER | FARMER | CEO
An entrepreneur and an advocate for food systems reform, Evan grew up in the beautiful Ojai Valley, where he developed a deep love for nature and the outdoors. This inspired his passion for regenerative agriculture, and he has since developed extensive hands-on experience in farm management and sustainable growing practices.
A dual Mexican and US citizen, Evan holds a BA from Chapman University and a JD from UCLA Law, with a specialization in Environmental Law. He serves on the advisory boards for the Resnick Center for Food Law and Policy and the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at UCLA Law. An educator and speaker, Evan regularly presents on regenerative agriculture and the importance of resilient local food systems.
CO-FOUNDER | CREATIVE DIRECTOR
Born in Manila & raised in Ojai, Reiana studied business and marketing earning her BA at The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. After working for Vogue Magazine, Reiana returned to her roots in Ojai, where she brings creativity and a talent for design that elevates Ojai Roots. Reiana is intentional about curating partnerships that enrich our enterprise and she holds a key role in business growth and development.
SALES MANAGER | FARMER
John Fonteyn was born in Santa Barbara, California and brings a wealth of experience in the food and agriculture industries to the Ojai Roots team. With a decade of experience in restaurant kitchens and two decades of hands-on farming experience, John has developed a unique understanding of the technical aspects behind food production, preparation, and service. John is an expert in every step along the path from farm to fork.
Born in Quebec, Jerome holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in agronomy from the University of Laval and speaks French, English, and Spanish fluently. Jerome’s background is in climate engineering for extreme environments specializing in energy and resource conservation for greenhouse cropping systems. Jerome has worked as a crop advisor, agronomist, and lead grower for projects of all scale throughout Mexico, Canada, and California. Proud to be a part of the Ojai Roots team, Jerome oversees the technical aspects of all Ojai Roots' crop and livestock operations.
Born in Ojai, Makayla has used her creativity and detail-oriented skill set to assist in social media and brand development. She is also a key part of operations, always keeping the team organized and on track. She’s excited to be a part of an innovative business rooted in her hometown.
Fernando was born to an agricultural family in Guanajuato, Mexico. From childhood, he learned traditional Mexican methods of farming, growing corn, pumpkins, beans and other crops. He also has experience working in the nursery industry where he refined his skills in raising young transplants. Fernando is an integral part of the team and has been with Ojai Roots since its inception.