Live Earth Farm News

Climate-Friendly Farming at Live Earth Farm

By | 2018-01-26T12:52:52+00:00 January 1st, 2018|Farm News & Tom's Reflections|

California Climate & Agriculture Network (CalCAN) recently completed a case study on our farm.  "You would be hard pressed to find a better model of biodiversity and climate resilience than Live Earth Farm," was their conclusion. Click here for a PDF of the full profile

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New Beginnings without Winter Dormancy

By | 2018-01-26T12:56:50+00:00 January 1st, 2018|Farm News & Tom's Reflections|

We are delighted to welcome both returning and new members to celebrate our 20th anniversary of Community Supported Farming. As many returning members have noticed, we have taken the CSA in a new direction by introducing the entire membership to the more flexible and choice based program we offered on a limited basis last year. [...]

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What’s Coming Up in the Fields – May 2016

By | 2018-01-29T15:14:59+00:00 January 1st, 2018|Crop & Field Notes|

April and May are the months when many crops are seeded or transplanted in preparation for the upcoming main season.  There are also many crops on the verge of being ready for harvest.  Take a walk with us through the fields to see what's coming up. Italian Parsely seedlings break up the brown soil [...]

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Community Supported Agriculture: A healthy partnership of land, plants, animals, and people

By | 2018-02-01T12:08:35+00:00 January 1st, 2018|CSA, Farm News & Tom's Reflections|

It’s “Sign-up time” once again, and it’s wonderful to see how many of our current members have responded so quickly to participate in our 19th CSA season. It is a confirmation and a reassuring feeling to be able to count on the pivotal support of our CSA partnership. Aldo Leopold in his classic book, A [...]

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Relationships make for Healthy Food and Farms

By | 2018-01-26T13:16:38+00:00 January 1st, 2018|Farm News & Tom's Reflections|

Potato seeds (one of my favorite crops) arrive next week, and the “itch” to prepare the soil and plant is returning once again.  Tomatoes, peppers, leeks, basil, and a long list of brassicas are on a staggered sowing schedule to ensure a consistent and regular harvest throughout the year. Due to the dry weather many [...]

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Springtime Blooms on the Farm – March 2013

By | 2018-02-01T12:01:57+00:00 January 1st, 2018|Crop & Field Notes|

Although the infamous Food Drought occurs during March, there's still a lot happening in the orchards and fields. Here are some pictures of the various things that are in Spring bloom for you to enjoy. (Originally posted in March 2013) The apricot trees are a riot of blossoms exploding like popcorn right now. Though [...]

Community Support = Farm Resilience

By | 2018-01-26T13:16:26+00:00 January 1st, 2018|Farm News & Tom's Reflections|

Still no rain!  With the long-term forecast looking dry and relatively warm it is with some measure of unease that we are sowing our winter covercrops. Usually the first rains arrive in October and supply enough moisture to ensure good germination. This year we might have to assist with supplemental irrigation to prevent the germinating [...]

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Farm News & Tom’s Reflections

By | 2018-01-25T12:45:13+00:00 January 1st, 2018|Farm News & Tom's Reflections|

“...Nature, lying all around, with such beauty and such affection for her children; and yet we are so early weaned from her breast to society, to that culture which is exclusively an interaction of man on man.” 
- Henry David Thoreau October is here and so are the kids. It’s a popular time of year [...]

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End of Summer

By | 2018-01-26T12:54:55+00:00 January 1st, 2018|Crop & Field Notes, Farm News & Tom's Reflections|

Not much time to sit down, reflect and write - all our energy is focused on keeping up with the pace and intensity of the farm. It is as if Mother Nature is aware that these are the final weeks of summer.  Galas are hanging ripe for the picking.  The first block of winter squash [...]

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Little Treasures in Food and Community

By | 2018-01-25T12:45:44+00:00 January 1st, 2018|Farm News & Tom's Reflections|

Our three Tomato U-Pick events have been inspiring and fun. An estimated 500 people visited the farm and picked well over 2 tons of tomatoes – that’s an impressive 4,400 pounds. The seasonal abundance was enjoyed by all, as families explored the farm beyond the tomato patch to pick and taste other seasonal favorites such [...]

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