OUR LITTLE SLICE OF LAND
We farm out of a desire to eat clean, fresh, real food that is grown out of love and admiration of the land.
It is in our blood to grow slow food like our grandmothers and mothers always have. Not to mention, it is pretty rewarding when we reap the benefits of a giant harvest, yet pretty darn disappointing when nature commanders the garden and our hard work did not pay off.
Here in sunny Northern California, on one acre of land, we have an extended growing season with mild winters. The flip side is our summers are so hot (100+ degrees June-September), that every year we feel as if we can’t tolerate one more summer here, but then comes our glorious fall. Spring is the best for flowers, and summer is the best for veggies.
This spring we were elated when we finally got around to planting a new orchard of twenty new fruit trees of all varieties. Because of the drought here, we want our water usage to count! We had a handful of mature fruit trees, but you can never have too many! Two giant mulberry trees, an orange tree, an old lemon bush, two massive pomegranate bushes, an Asian pair tree, a couple of apple trees, a growing fig tree, and a perfect plum tree was our existing little orchard.
As we continue to increase our crop size of vegetables and fruits, we are learning more ways of preserving and making them last throughout the year. We have been dehydrating and freezing a ton. The freezer is jammed with shredded zucchini, broccoli florets, tomatoes from last year, apricots, and blackberries from our lovely neighbors.
This slower paced, country lifestyle is the best. But, don’t be fooled by our gorgeous photos. By no means would we call ourselves “professional” farmers. Constantly trying new crops and new techniques is the method we follow.
Sore muscles, aching backs, cut up hands, and stained and tattered clothing is the real truth, but we love it and love the pay off.
We only hope that we can inspire y’all just a little bit by our homesteading, slow food, natural, Verbena Living way of life!