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Artificial Autumn?

A funny thing happened around here about 6 weeks ago.  After starting off in May with a bang and continuing along at full tilt in June, our Tomato field basically, uh, went on strike.’ We don’t just have one tomato … Continue reading

Berry Shenanigans

For most people, the word “variety” denotes a varied mix, a smattering, a diversity:  “Jane uses a wide variety of apps on her smartphone.”  It is a singular noun that almost always describes something plural, in the same way that … Continue reading

El Niño vs The Blob

El Niño has been the news a lot lately.  Have you heard?  Its a monster, possibly the biggest ever.  It could end the drought. Or maybe not.  El Niño has to contend with the large mass of unusually warm water extending … Continue reading

Not All Ears are Created Equal

A few weeks back I got a text from a friend who was visiting his family on the East Coast:  “Why does sweet corn here taste so much better than in California?”  I quickly replied “You need to taste our … Continue reading

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

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Artificial Autumn?

A funny thing happened around here about 6 weeks ago.  After starting off in May with a bang and continuing along at full tilt in June, our Tomato field basically, uh, went on strike.’ We don’t just have one tomato … Continue reading

Berry Shenanigans

For most people, the word “variety” denotes a varied mix, a smattering, a diversity:  “Jane uses a wide variety of apps on her smartphone.”  It is a singular noun that almost always describes something plural, in the same way that … Continue reading

El Niño vs The Blob

El Niño has been the news a lot lately.  Have you heard?  Its a monster, possibly the biggest ever.  It could end the drought. Or maybe not.  El Niño has to contend with the large mass of unusually warm water extending … Continue reading