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Winter is Coming (we hope)

It’s crunch time at Terra Firma right now.  Despite the unseasonal hot weather we’ve been having since Labor Day (it was 103 on Friday, for example), we are scrambling to get ready for winter. That’s right.  I said “Winter”.  I … Continue reading

Facebook, Farm Day, and more

Thanks to everyone who responded to last week’s newsletter with helpful suggestions and great ideas.  We now have quite a to-do list of things we need to get done over the next month or so. Several subscribers pointed out that … Continue reading

Help us Grow!

It’s been over twenty years since we started packing CSA boxes at Terra Firma.  Some of you have been with us since back then. Just a few years ago, we had waiting lists for many of our drop sites and … Continue reading

Earthquakes and Dams don’t mix

If you got woken up on Saturday night by the 6.0 Earthquake in Napa, you  might have thought something along the lines of “Drop, cover and hold.” If you live in Winters, California though, your first thought was likely “The … Continue reading

Ecology Ain’t Pretty, Part Two

In last week’s newsletter I talked about beneficial insects and how they control certain pests on farms — an illustration of how evolution works to fill ecological niches.  Ladybugs, for example, thrive on aphids. If you’ll forgive the comparison, humans … Continue reading

Ecology Ain’t Pretty

Beneficial insects are bugs that eat or otherwise kill bugs that damage crops.  Ladybugs are perhaps the most famous beneficial insect –  young ladybugs (technically, larvae) in particular are fast-moving, quick-growing ravenous eaters.  They eat aphids like teenage boys snarfing … Continue reading

A Day with No Sunshine

A strange thing happened in the Sacramento Valley yesterday.  I’m not speaking specifically about the light rain that fell several times between sunrise and sunset.  While it’s not very common, it’s not unheard of.  Actually, it’s happened so many times … Continue reading

Well, well, well

Inside a house, there is a bucket next to the sink and another next to each shower.  A bowl in the sink catches every drop of water used to wash dishes and is then emptied into the bucket.  In the … Continue reading

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

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Winter is Coming (we hope)

It’s crunch time at Terra Firma right now.  Despite the unseasonal hot weather we’ve been having since Labor Day (it was 103 on Friday, for example), we are scrambling to get ready for winter. That’s right.  I said “Winter”.  I … Continue reading

Facebook, Farm Day, and more

Thanks to everyone who responded to last week’s newsletter with helpful suggestions and great ideas.  We now have quite a to-do list of things we need to get done over the next month or so. Several subscribers pointed out that … Continue reading

Help us Grow!

It’s been over twenty years since we started packing CSA boxes at Terra Firma.  Some of you have been with us since back then. Just a few years ago, we had waiting lists for many of our drop sites and … Continue reading