The Luffa Farm

The Luffa Farm, Nipomo: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, The Luffa Farm Reviews: 4.5/5

The Luffa Farm
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
We grow Sponges! Luffa Sponges... We are one of the few USA growers of this quirky little plant. Educational, Informational, and just good fun. FREE drop in tours. Located 15mins. from Pismo Beach. From the Ocean or the Sea come visit and you will see.
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Diane D
Westminster, CA770 contributions
Fun, Informative and Interesting Hidden Gem
Aug 2021
What a fun stop on a visit to California's Central Coast. It's a little out of the way but easy to find and free. We stopped in on a Friday morning and were surprised by the number of people there (about 12 for the tour). We were met by our guide, Eric, who told us a bit about luffas, comparing freshly grown luffas to imported and chemically treated ones. He then led us through one of the greenhouses allowing us to get up close to the gourds all the while explaining their growth and maturing stages. Our guide did a great job of keeping our interest and answering our questions. There were enough "hands on" things to keep the interest of the entire group ages 14-70. After our attempts to help him peel the dried luffas, we were given a no pressure stop at the tiny gift shop where we could buy luffas, soaps and other related items starting at $5. No reservations required but not open every day of the week. Wheel chair accessible with some sloped areas and some bark wood covered ground.
Written August 14, 2021
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Rose M
Sun Lakes5 contributions
Luffa farm nipoma
Jul 2021 • Family
Love this place. So wonderful to try the various organic luffas and see how they are grown.
I recommend a visit here.
Written August 5, 2021
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Nancy P
Nipomo, CA13 contributions
Fun, funky and homey.
Jul 2021
Lovely, soft luffas!

Eric gave us a great tour and answered all our questions. It took about 15 minutes. It would be a great place to bring younger kids. We can’t wait to bring our grandkids.
Written July 31, 2021
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Amy F
1 contribution
Great little stop!
Jul 2021 • Family
Informative and interesting tour. Learned a lot about luffa. Great little gift shop — love the soap and luffa!
Written July 30, 2021
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Arenal2
Monterey, CA60 contributions
A Great Surprise!
Feb 2021
What a great surprise on our most recent trip down the Central Coast! Fascinating to see loofah come from gourds and not the ocean. And there's a cute little shop with all the loofah you could ever hope to purchase. Definitely recommend it!
Written March 7, 2021
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Val S
Nipomo, CA5 contributions
Warmly Welcomed at Luffa Farm
Jul 2019
We went there with our two grandchildren, ages 4 and 8. You need no reservation, but you are met by a guide immediately upon arrival. The brief tour is interesting for adults, and the gift shop is worth a visit. Outside of the gift shop the kids mostly loved the cats that were around, but hey? I would not go there on a hot day, but then there are very few hot days around here.
Written February 11, 2020
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wisemoney
Nipomo, CA156 contributions
All Hail The Luffa...
Dec 2019
The Luffa Farm in Nipomo is like one of those neighborhood gems you drive by and always say “we’re going to visit that place soon”. For us, “soon” turned out to be 20 months after we moved from San Jose to Nipomo.

When you hear the word luffa, what comes to mind? Soft, fluffy gourds or a hard-as-brick sponge you got as a gift years ago? Any luffa sponge you find in stores goes through procedures which destroy the natural texture of the sponge (for importation since most come from outside the US).

The Luffa Farm grows Heirloom Luffas without any harsh treatments so you get a soft, washable, non-abrasive plant-based sponge.

The entrance to the Farm is along Willow Road about 1/2 mile east of Via Concha. Past the sign, you’d never know what lies a few blocks up the hill from Willow. Our group of 5 joined a 20 minute tour in progress and visited two of their 3 greenhouses…along with a fruit orchard…and learned some interesting information about these very useful sponges.

The grounds are surprisingly large and colorful with a small, but packed to the brim gift shop of reasonably priced luffa and bathroom/toiletry items.

Our guide, whose name I forgot, was a young guy in charge of social media (possibly among other things). He, and everyone else we met during our one hour stay, could not have been more friendly.

There are two large “55 and over” communities within a mile of the Luffa Farm…Trilogy and Black Lake. From my informal survey in Trilogy, I bet a majority of the residents have never taken the time to make the short drive. It’s well worth the visit.
Written December 29, 2019
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Dale S
Visalia, CA40 contributions
WHAT A FUN LITTLE GEM
Aug 2019
Luffa? Aren't they all created equal from sea critters? A stop at this Farm will open your eyes and entertain your brain cells. Thanks to our informed and informative Guide, we received an enlightening insight into the real world of Luffas. They are a gourd! Who knew? This Farm is meticulous about the care and growing of their unusual product. Already had one of their sponges, but wanted an even larger one, thanks to this visit. A compact Gift Shop is on site, plus they have an on-line web site. Soaps and other fun things. Minimal walking investment here.
Written August 16, 2019
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TravelShiny
San Luis Obispo, CA14 contributions
Not all guides are created equal...
Jun 2019
This is a really fun place, but it really makes a difference on who is giving the tour. I've gone with first time visitors 4 times now, and have learned to avoid the hyper one. She gets too distracted and the visitor misses out on a lot of the story of how the farm came about and how it operates, instead gets a lot of talk about basically nothing. Three times my guests were "that was so cool!", the fourth time it was "I wish we had the other tour guide, I think it would have been cool".
Written July 2, 2019
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pelon2018
Nipomo, CA4 contributions
Luffa visit and purchase of supplies
Sep 2018 • Couples
The people were very helpful and knowledgeable about their products. prices were very reasonable.Excellent. Will continue to visit and buy products.
Written January 13, 2019
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