Terra Cultura grew by leaps and bounds in 2019. The farm changed from a dream to a beautiful reality, with the planting of our first...
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The question is not whether PG&E is to blame for the largest and most deadly wildfires of our time. We have no choice but to accept that and move onto the more productive question: what can we, in our local communities, be doing to create more resilient power solutions for ourselves in the face of new and evolving climate conditions?
We’ve been asked recently what we plan to grow on the land. Our answer to that complex question was naively simple when we started out...
We got our first water bill from the Aromas Water District last week. In our first 30 days on the land, we used 220 cubic feet, or 1645.71 gallons of water. That sounds like a lot, but if you do the math, that works out to 54.85 gallons of water used on-site per day in April.
This is the second of a multi-part series about Terra Cultura’s experience searching for a place to call home. You’ll be hearing from Rachel in the coming weeks about the next phases in our epic quest for land. Click here to see the first part of this series, written by Jessica.
I landed at SFO just as the rain started to pick up for the evening. I waited for my mom to pick me up from the departures level upstairs, a long-standing family tradition that I’m not sure actually saves any time in traffic. Instead of waiting for her to arrive hiding from the shower under the overhang, I stood out by the street, feeling the cool rain trickle down, rinsing the airplane grit and slime off my face and hands. Living in San Diego, it had been months since I’d seen any real rain. This storm felt like an omen, signaling a coming flood of opportunity, after a long and stagnant drought, devoid of forward momentum for us on the land front.
Over 300 participants joined us at our Paint and Plant event, at Coastal Roots' Farm and Hangout Season Finale last Thursday afternoon. Children and adults of all ages sat under the shade of our tent, and painted terra-cotta pots, planted wildflower seeds inside, and learned about the importance of bees and other pollinators to our food and to our planet.
When Jessica and I returned from our world travels in late 2011, we stayed for a short while in San Diego, with Jessica’s parents, while we regrouped and planned our next move. During our stay, we talked a lot about some of the different agricultural and horticultural practices we experienced at the various farms and homesteads where we worked and lived.
Jessica Perez and her partner Nick Cahill are doing something that not too many people are courageous enough to endeavor: They are packing up their...
We had dreamed of attending the annual EcoFarm conference in Pacific Grove, CA for years. We’d see banners advertising for it on our road trips up and down Interstate 5, and we’d hear gushings about how amazing it was from our friends and colleagues lucky enough to attend. Until this year though, our attendance was all but impossible; between our scattered geography, our full-time jobs, and our lack of funds, we just weren’t able to make it work. Fortunately, things are very different this year.