Tom

About Tom Broz

Tom is the farmer. He leads the farmworking team that cultivates the soil and grows everything.

What’s on your plate can make a difference

On Earth Day like on any other day most of us eat 1-3 meals. Eating a meal, this humble ritual, affects not only our own physical health and well-being but collectively, as a human community, it is arguably the most important activity affecting the health of our planet. Most of us “Eaters” are so removed [...]

By | 2015-04-24T13:00:42+00:00 April 24th, 2015|Farm News & Tom's Reflections|Comments Off on What’s on your plate can make a difference

New Beginnings without Winter Dormancy

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. [...]

By | 2015-04-09T14:31:02+00:00 April 9th, 2015|Farm News & Tom's Reflections|Comments Off on New Beginnings without Winter Dormancy

Every Seed Tells a Story

“Though I do not believe that a plant will spring up where no seed has been, I have great faith in a seed. Convince me you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders.” - Henry David Thoreau, The Dispersion of Seeds. Warm weather, last weekend’s replenishing rain, and days getting noticeably [...]

By | 2015-02-12T15:14:45+00:00 February 10th, 2015|Farm News & Tom's Reflections|Comments Off on Every Seed Tells a Story

We are all in it together – From the Ground Up!

The soils that should be saturated from winter rains right now are drying out instead. I notice that the “itch” I get at the beginning of every season to prepare the soil and start planting seems too early. After rejuvenating rains in December, we haven’t seen any precipitation. January should be the wettest month of [...]

By | 2015-01-29T12:29:26+00:00 January 27th, 2015|Farm News & Tom's Reflections|Comments Off on We are all in it together – From the Ground Up!

Winter Reflections

After a few weeks of relative quiet here on the farm we are excited to resume our weekly delivery of winter shares. My own rhythm has slowed considerably and mimics that of the farm. Plants move nutrients more slowly during winter, which results in often sweeter and more pronounced flavors. Carrots become crisper, and when [...]

By | 2015-01-15T11:48:40+00:00 January 13th, 2015|Farm News & Tom's Reflections|Comments Off on Winter Reflections

A Pause to be Thankful

Bare root strawberries waiting to be planted. We did it! Yesterday, almost all of the 80,000 bare root strawberry plants got planted by late afternoon, beating the arrival of this week’s anticipated rainstorms. All of us felt a sense of relief and well deserved accomplishment now that next season’s strawberry crop is safely [...]

By | 2014-11-19T15:22:07+00:00 November 19th, 2014|Farm News & Tom's Reflections|Comments Off on A Pause to be Thankful

Every Vote Counts – So does every Meal

Wednesday morning I was helping load the delivery truck and it made me happy to think of all our members who will receive their shares. Freshly harvested the day before, they will most likely be transformed into a healthy home cooked meal by the evening. Most of you will agree that a weekly CSA share [...]

By | 2014-11-06T10:15:05+00:00 November 4th, 2014|Farm News & Tom's Reflections|Comments Off on Every Vote Counts – So does every Meal

Trick-or-Treat – Rain is on the Way!

The season’s first rainmaker is predicted to approach the Central Coast this Friday and Saturday. Although no more than 1 inch of rain is expected to fall, it is enough to give us some drought relief. After almost six months of harvesting every single day, we are tired and dream of slowing down a bit [...]

By | 2014-10-30T10:32:12+00:00 October 28th, 2014|Crop & Field Notes, Farm News & Tom's Reflections|Comments Off on Trick-or-Treat – Rain is on the Way!

Planting and Planning for 2015

With only 5 weeks left, our 2014 CSA Season is quickly drawing to a close, and with impending rains (we hope soon) the Farm is in transition mode. Tuesday, in anticipation of Wednesday night’s rain, the farm was abuzz with activity. By 7 o’clock in the morning our “Mudder” (high clearance tractor) was out in [...]

By | 2014-10-17T10:06:09+00:00 October 15th, 2014|Crop & Field Notes|Comments Off on Planting and Planning for 2015

Newbies on the Farm: a Bug, a Truck and a Cow!

Let’s start with the “bad bug” news. The prolonged heat wave we experienced last week may have extended the harvest of dry-farmed tomatoes, green beans and peppers for a few more weeks but on the flipside it also attracted a new exotic heat loving insect pest, a stink bug called Bagrada. This African native has [...]

By | 2014-10-09T10:36:42+00:00 October 8th, 2014|Farm News & Tom's Reflections|Comments Off on Newbies on the Farm: a Bug, a Truck and a Cow!