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Summer Fruit in a Warmer World

Almost all vegetables are annual crops, planted for a single season that may last as long as 9 months or as short as 9 weeks.  Most are planted in successions over time, growing and then coming to a harvest that … Continue reading

The Spin Cycle of Agriculture

Crop rotation is one of the key principles of organic farming, but it is also practiced by most good farmers.  The idea, roughly speaking, is to not plant the same crop in the same field year after year. There are … Continue reading

Staying Safe in the Heat @ TFF

You may be aware that there’s a heat wave happening this 4th of July week, and some of you may be wondering and worrying how Terra Firma’s Team Members are dealing with it.  Over the last few years we have … Continue reading

Hybrids & Heirlooms: An Explainer

We’ve been growing tomatoes at Terra Firma since the beginning, and we started growing heirloom varieties in 1994.  Over the years, we have experimented with hundreds of varieties and settled on just a few dozen — some of each. A … Continue reading

Giving Peaches a Chance

There is no better way to experience a peach than to pick it fully ripe off the tree and eat it the same day.  That said, growing peaches in your backyard can also be heartbreaking.  Birds peck at the ripening … Continue reading

Water for 21st Century California

There continues to be lots of blame thrown around around the issue of water supply in California, but one thing seems clear:  our state uses lots of water.  Whether for keeping 30 million people bathed and hydrated or for keeping … Continue reading

Summer’s Just Around the Corner

There are big changes coming to your box in just seven days.  I know some of you are ready for it, but next week’s box will be so different from this week’s that you may find yourself scratching your head … Continue reading

Summer into Spring!

2015 has been a race at Terra Firma.  The dry, warm weather sped up everything on the farm, and we have had a hard time keeping up.  Sure it’s nice to have strawberries on April Fool’s Day and Peaches for … Continue reading

And the Leafy Green Winner is…

Kale has been in the news a lot lately.  From the spoof article on the internet last year questioning whether there was enough land in the U.S. to meet the demand for kale, to the recent announcement by McDonalds that … Continue reading

Brand Loyal Beetles

The country roads around our farm are a popular weekend destination for automobile enthusiasts who appear to enjoy sharing the scenic beauty of farmland and hills with others.  A few weeks back, a caravan went by the farm and every … Continue reading

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Summer Fruit in a Warmer World

Almost all vegetables are annual crops, planted for a single season that may last as long as 9 months or as short as 9 weeks.  Most are planted in successions over time, growing and then coming to a harvest that … Continue reading

The Spin Cycle of Agriculture

Crop rotation is one of the key principles of organic farming, but it is also practiced by most good farmers.  The idea, roughly speaking, is to not plant the same crop in the same field year after year. There are … Continue reading

Staying Safe in the Heat @ TFF

You may be aware that there’s a heat wave happening this 4th of July week, and some of you may be wondering and worrying how Terra Firma’s Team Members are dealing with it.  Over the last few years we have … Continue reading