Scott Beylik crouches to inspect hydroponic tomatoes growing in his grownhouse in Santa Barbara Scott Beylik runs Fillmore Agroponics and Beylik Farms in Fillmore. He grows hydroponic tomatoes, cucumbers and other field crops to sell at the local farmers markets from Santa Barbara down to Los Angeles. AG RX supplies Scott with custom blended fertilizer and pest control products.

  1. How did you get started in this business?

The business was started in 1971 by my Dad and Grandfather.  Started with tomatoes and then went to European cucumbers and then went back to tomatoes.  In 1987 started selling products  at farmer’s markets.

  1. What are some of your greatest challenges?

Consistant production to match farmer’s market customer needs.  No where to outsource excess product.  Managing pests can also be challenging.

  1. What concerns you most?

Water, labor/minimum wage, workers comp.

  1. What agricultural groups are you a part of?

Fillmore School Board, Ag Leadership, Fillmore Irrigation Board, FFA Boosters, Fillmore School Farm Ag Advisory, Rotary, Volunteer Fillmore Fire Foundation, Boy’s and Girl’s Club Board member.

  1. What hobbies/activities do you like to do in your spare time?

Dodgers, nonprofits, supporting Fillmore community.

  1. What does AG RX do well?

Customer Service.  Amazed at fertilizer mixing plant turnaround.

  1. Where does AG RX need to improve?

Keep up the great customer service.

  1. If you were not farming what would you be doing?

Ag teacher, local politics, something that allows me to make a difference.