We will provide a wide variety of food for our CSA members while maintaining the health of the land. Thinking about the natural resources of this farm and our skills, we would like to add as much diversity as possible while still being able to manage it well and not abuse the land or ourselves. We imagine that this land could provide for between 100 to 200 member families.
We grow a wide range of delicious and nutritious vegetables, as well as strawberries and melons. We are blessed with beautiful soil here: Arbuckle gravelly loam that is naturally fertile and has good structure. Our proximity to the coast allows us to grow lettuce and other cool weather crops year round. We also still warm up and see the sun each day, leading to beautiful tomatoes and peppers as well.
Flower and Herb Garden
Around the pick up barn, we have a large pick your own flower field, full of dahlias, sunflowers, and more. We also have perennial herb, flower, and tea gardens that feed the pollinators, the birds and us. We will provide you with the harvest tools and we invite you to venture into the field and make a bouquet.
Our heritage breed chickens are out on pasture as soon as they can be, eating grubs and some grass. They are also fed organic grain, supplemented with our vegetable scraps. The eggs are collected daily.
Grass Fed Corriente Beef
We are starting our herd of Corriente cows to help maintain and improve the grassland, to supply manure for our compost, and to raise for grass fed beef. We were attracted to the Corriente cattle as they are great grazers, fierce mothers, and smaller in size. Their meat is lean yet tender and flavorful.
Our small flock of sheep, along with Stella our milk cow, work as natural lawnmowers around the barnyard and houses. The Tunis are known to thrive on pasture, be calm and docile, and to produce delicious meat and decent wool.
Dry Farm Crops and Small Grains
We dry farm tomatoes, several varieties of beans, as well as popcorn and field corn for cornmeal and polenta. Dry farming is an old technique used in Mediterranean climates to grow crops during the summer using the residual moisture in the soil, without additional irrigation. This method produces flavorful and nutrient dense crops while saving water. We are beginning to grow rain fed small grains, for human consumption as well as for poultry and pigs. We will begin experimenting with several crops to see what thrives in our valley. We hope to grow a variety of grains, including wheat, barley, oats, and spelt.