Mariah and Jordan Brownwood of Nopalito Farm are some of our favorite local farmers. With help from family members, they run an 8-acre organic hops farm and orchard in Valley Center. San Diego is known for its beer culture, and the Brownwoods make their contribution through their speciality fresh hops and gourmet burger stand. Nopalito also plays host to events and weddings. We chatted with Jordan about some of the joys and challenges of running a hops farm.
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Lilah Friedland is a multi-disciplinary artist who is building the Wandwood Stream artists retreat space in Gallatin, New York. Her creative career spans helping to...
We're especially excited to announce (and you're the very first ones to hear it) that the entertainment at this event will include The Gold Souls, all the way from Sacramento in all their bluesy glory, as well as a very special San Diego musician, Erin Bower and friends. Koi Zen Cellars will be pouring the wine and it's sure to be a very good time. Check back soon for announcements on more special guests and local sponsors. We're looking forward to building our community and building support around Terra Cultura's mission. We hope you can come!
David Plescia and his partner Kayta Brady are no strangers to the land. After meeting as apprentices in Williamstown, MA at Caretaker Farm in 2012 (one of the oldest active CSAs in the United States), they've since set their sights on California. In 2013, they relocated to Sebastapol, CA, and in 2016, they began a new endeavor working with partners at Green Valley Farm and Mill, to open Green Valley Community Farm, a small organic fruit and vegetable farm nestled alongside Green Valley Creek in Sebastopol, California. David was kind enough to sit down to answer a few questions for us about getting into farming, and about startup farm life.
Whether you’re emerging from a cold winter, or a much-needed rainy season like us here in California, may we be the first to welcome you out...
Happy Spring! The sugar snap peas in our garden are blossoming and the cilantro needs daily haircuts to keep it from going to seed (anybody need some cilantro?!). We hope you've been enjoying The Almanac so far. We figured it was time for a little Terra Cultura update!
Before Terra Cultura had a name, we referred to it simply as the art farm. We suspected other Art Farms existed and wanted to reach out to them as potential collaborators. A google search for the term yielded the well-established Art Farm Nebraska that has offered artist and writer residencies since 1991. The more I delved into Art Farm Nebraska’s multi-tiered website, the more it became clear that I would have to visit and learn its ways. As an aspiring fiction writer with an arts background, as well as a new farmer, it seemed to be a good fit. So I applied and was really excited to be accepted for a month long writing residency. It is appropriate that this is our Valentine’s Day post--Art Farm Nebraska warrants a love letter.
If you’re interested in exploring the intersection of agriculture, art and community, with an eye for environmental stewardship and economic feasibility, then you’ve come to the right place.
As you may know, The Almanac is the weblog of Terra Cultura. Terra Cultura is in the process of becoming a farm and education and community center in the central coast region of California, with facilities for events, artist residencies, and guests. We will share what we figure out throughout the process so that our successes can be replicated and our failures avoided. Along with updates on Terra Cultura, you can expect exciting posts on stuff like...