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What is Killing the Walnuts?

Dear (Contact First Name),   A monoculture is an agricultural system that depends primarily or entirely on a single crop.  In theory, monocultures are widely acknowledged to be a bad idea, susceptible to any number of threats:  price crashes, devastating … Continue reading

Flower Power

Tomatoes have one of the most delicate flowers imaginable.  Tiny and frail, it must withstand the elements for long enough to pollinate.  (Tomatoes do not require bees for pollination, although bumble bees do frequent the flowers)  Wind, either cold or … Continue reading

Agritourism vs. Pyrotourism

Most people who come to visit Winters, California, where Terra Firma is located, come for our cute rustic downtown area with its handful of wineries and eateries, often on their way to Lake Berryessa just to the west. But long … Continue reading

Box Upsizing this week. Happy July 4th!

Important:  Please note that your CSA box is larger this week.  We moved all the boxes up a size to accomodate the first watermelons of the year.  Check the label before taking a box! We have grown and packed you … Continue reading

Wherefore Art Though, Water Bond?

This week our elected officials in the State Capitol once again played kick-the-can on one of the biggest issues facing our state:  the future of our water supply.  There had been hopes that politicians could cobble together a bond proposal … Continue reading

Terra Firma at your Doorstep?

When we started packing CSA boxes — just one size — and delivering them in 1994, we were just the second farm with drop sites in San Francisco and one of a handful in the East Bay and Sacramento.  For … Continue reading

Tomatoes are #1

As you are well aware, we grow dozens of different crops here at Terra Firma.  But the reality is, we are really tomato growers.  Tomatoes are the hub crop, the sun around which our farm spins.  If we have a … Continue reading

Proposed Price Increase

On July 1st, 2014, the minimum wage in California will jump by 11.5%, to $9 an hour.  For people who earn the minimum wage or close to it, this is great news. At Terra Firma, the minimum wage is an … Continue reading

Ancient Alliums

Alliums — onions, garlic,  leeks, shallots and ramps — are ancient foods that were harvested from the wild by cultures all over the world even before the advent of agriculture.  They were probably among the first vegetables ever cultivated by … Continue reading

Energy Independence For All!

There are some exciting things happening in the world of alternative energy that are allowing people and businesses to move away from using pollution and climate-change causing fossil fuels.  With any number of fully electric vehicles now available for sale, … Continue reading

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What is Killing the Walnuts?

Dear (Contact First Name),   A monoculture is an agricultural system that depends primarily or entirely on a single crop.  In theory, monocultures are widely acknowledged to be a bad idea, susceptible to any number of threats:  price crashes, devastating … Continue reading

Flower Power

Tomatoes have one of the most delicate flowers imaginable.  Tiny and frail, it must withstand the elements for long enough to pollinate.  (Tomatoes do not require bees for pollination, although bumble bees do frequent the flowers)  Wind, either cold or … Continue reading