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Saving Water the Old Fashioned Way

New technology offer lots of opportunities to conserve water, and it gets lots of coverage in the news.  Last week on NPR I heard that San Francisco recently passed an ordinance requiring new large apartment buildings to install plumbing that … Continue reading

Deserts & Droughts

Last week at a press conference declaring a drought emergency, Governor Jerry Brown used the word “desert” to describe our state. Dictionary.com defines a “desert” as follows:  “a region so arid because of so little rainfall that it supports only … Continue reading

April 1st Berries?

Every few years, April 1st falls on a Tuesday or Wednesday, and I get a chance to play an April Fool’s prank on Terra Firma subscribers.  Some of you may remember the time I declared that out of frustration with … Continue reading

Electric Cars and Water Conservation

If you are one of many of people who own an electric vehicle, or hope to one day soon, you may have heard that Tesla and other electric car owners can now sign up for a special program where PG&E … Continue reading

A Busy “Winter” at Terra Firma

We have been busier at the farm this winter than I ever remember us being. So busy, actually, that it feels like mid-spring.  In many ways, it has been a Goldilocks phenomenon for us at Terra Firma.  We received just … Continue reading

Bloomtime in the Valley

It’s bloom time in Winters.  We have perilously few crops to harvest right now, but we sure do have lots of flowers.  From our pea field to the strawberry patch, from the cherry orchard to the citrus groves — just … Continue reading

Orange is the new Orange

In July of 2013, the irrigation well failed in one of our bigger and nicer citrus orchards.  The trees wilted and died before a new well could be drilled.  We did not own the orchard, which was several acres of … Continue reading

“No Water for You!”???

If you’ve been a Terra Firma subscriber for a while — or a subscriber to any CSA farm — you’re accustomed to hearing a million reasons why there are certain items in your boxes and not others.  The weather is … Continue reading

Two out of Three

Almonds have been grown in California for hundreds of years, since the Spanish missionaries arrived here in the 1600s.  And walnuts are actually native to the state, Black Walnuts, that is.  Spanish settlers figured out long ago that you could … Continue reading

The Dance of Rain and Earth

One of the most amazing things about soil — or dirt, as we so often call it — is its interaction with water.  And there is no better time to watch this interaction than during a storm like the one … Continue reading

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Saving Water the Old Fashioned Way

New technology offer lots of opportunities to conserve water, and it gets lots of coverage in the news.  Last week on NPR I heard that San Francisco recently passed an ordinance requiring new large apartment buildings to install plumbing that … Continue reading

Deserts & Droughts

Last week at a press conference declaring a drought emergency, Governor Jerry Brown used the word “desert” to describe our state. Dictionary.com defines a “desert” as follows:  “a region so arid because of so little rainfall that it supports only … Continue reading

April 1st Berries?

Every few years, April 1st falls on a Tuesday or Wednesday, and I get a chance to play an April Fool’s prank on Terra Firma subscribers.  Some of you may remember the time I declared that out of frustration with … Continue reading