Tom

About Tom Broz

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

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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My Notebook – Walking the Land

On my field walks I never tire of digging, tasting, smelling, touching, and observing the constant changes taking place on the farm, whether it’s in the fields, orchards, or non-cultivated wild spaces. Right now, as we approach the Summer Solstice, the farm is a continuously changing canvas of activity and fertile growth. I try to [...]

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Foraging and U-Picking the Abundance of Summer

Summer foraging is one of the great pleasures here on the farm, and with the abundance of harvest-able crops right now it doesn’t take much of a field walk to fill a bushel basket and one’s tummy all at the same time. A typical walk for me starts in the apple orchards.  August is a [...]

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The Joy of Community Farm Days

The French called tomatoes “pomme d’amour” or Love Apples, and I agree, what is there not to love about tomatoes - this year’s crop of dry-farmed tomatoes with it’s “alluring” deep red colors are bursting with “seductive” rich flavors. Saturday’s Tomato U-Pick was testimony to how much we love tomatoes. The image that brings a [...]

By | 2018-01-25T12:46:06-08:00 January 1st, 2018|Events, Farm News & Tom's Reflections|Comments Off on The Joy of Community Farm Days

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 | 2018-01-26T13:04:09-08:00 January 1st, 2018|Farm News & Tom's Reflections|Comments Off on Winter Reflections

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 [...]

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Hot and Dry – A Season of Uncertainty!

"Of all the natural resources, water has become the most precious...In an age when man has forgotten his origins and is blind even to the most essential needs for survival, water along with other resources has become the victim of his indifference."   Rachel Carson, Silent Spring Overhead sprinklers irrigating a field of carrots. [...]

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Perfect Ripeness

The most exquisite experience on the farm at the moment is to pick a perfectly ripe apricot right off the tree. The craving for these delicate, aromatic, and sweet fruit is almost irresistible, just trying to write about it makes me want to walk out and get one. Perfect ripeness is hard to describe, it [...]

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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 [...]

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