Follow Alexis as she visits a local feed store, Higby’s, to stock up on feed and supples for the baby chicks and layers at Soul Food Farm. Assistant store manager and long time friend, Maurie, talks about the many options farmers have when choosing feed for their flock.
Stan and Matilda are sweetly bonding since their first meeting yesterday. He is already protective and loving. Don’t blink or you might miss him tossing her a flake of hay. He has requested to be called Fabio moooving forward.
It was Love at First Moo for Stan and Matilda today 🐮❤️🐮
We welcomed a beautiful new family member at Soul Food Farm this morning. Her name is Matilda, a 4 year old Angus-Hereford cross (aka knows as a black-white face) that fits right in with our misfit menagerie of animal friends.
So much gratitude for all that joined us in the orchard to help us with the olive picking this year. Every season, friends, family, and volunteers come to the farm to take part in the tradition of hand picking the olives that will be locally pressed and bottled here in the valley. If you’d like to be a part of next years harvest, follow us on facebook, instagram, and twitter to stay up to date on volunteer dates. Everyone that lends a hand will receive a bottle of that season’s olive oil that they personally helped create. We hope you enjoy the video. Please subscribe to us on Youtube so you don’t miss any of our upcoming events and happenings at the farm. More to come.
Now that the little chickens have lost their down and are growing feathers, their needs are changing just like any growing baby. Transitioning them into feeding from a larger food hopper and bigger water dispenser are both key elements of helping them grow. In this video we show you how we introduce them to their new resources for food and water.
Theres a process to welcoming new little beings into their first home. Watch as we discuss how to keep them warm, dry, fed, and watered to ensure happy, healthy chickens.
Get a first hand glimpse of the newest baby chicks as they arrive at Soul Food Farm. In this educational series, we’ll be showing you how we integrate new chickens into their new home and sharing some of the things we’ve learned over the last twenty years that makes the process enjoyable and successful.
Summer time at the farm is quietly ending. Leaves cover the gardens and pathways and I’m rushing to finish up the last small projects that linger. These last few years we have been growing flowers at the farm and studying all the intricacies that go along with that. A lot goes in to getting to know what types of flora enjoy our hot climate and the unique needs of each. Learning when to cut the blooms as the field is bursting with variety and color has been an enjoyable process. Harvesting and drying the bounty for fall conjures gratitude and joy for all that grows here- tangible and not.
There are still zinnias blooming in the field which is probably why they’re my favorite. They bring beauty and sassiness to resiliency that always make me smile. The roses are fading but are perfect to cut and dry for flower wreaths which has become a favorite past-time as of late. The perennial borders are all but faded but beautiful nonetheless even with all the brown tones. Yesterday I stumbled upon Queen Anne’s Lace in the border garden. It was quietly hiding behind some other plants in the garden so it was a sweet surprise to have found them.
While the annual flower beds are slowly ending their season the farm is beginning to offer up its fall treasures; olive trees heavy with fruit, lemons greening up on the small trees and moss beginning to cover the oak branches in readiness for cooler weather.
Mother Nature always provides the most beautiful reminders for us to look ahead here on on the farm.
Some of the Zinnias we grow here on the farm: (Zinnia seeds are sourced from Johnny’s Seeds at www.johnnyseeds.com)
Benary’s Giant Bright Pink and Giant Salmon Rose, Deep Rose Giant Dahlia, Orange Giant Dhalia, White Giant Dahlia, and Creamy Yellow Dahlia
Our Lemon Trees came from Morning Sun Herb Farm right here in the Valley.
Today, we are starting our new Farm Blog to share projects and plans. We know Facebook and Twitter are not everyone’s cup of tea and that, in many ways the world is getting less connected. We hope these little farm letters will be a way for us to reconnect and bring you back to the farm.
Even as the tule fog rolls over the hills as it does each January, the farm remains very busy. We’re planting fruit trees, buying seeds and making needed repairs. We’re cutting back last year’s gardens to inspire new growth. Nature rests while the cold weather sweeps across the farm. And yet, the soil is alive and vibrant. Its this foundation of the farm that makes us want to try new things and bring people here to learn. And so, we are starting this spring with a new lecture series to teach and cultivate ideas. We’ve named our new venture FarmSchool and this is the first of many educational experiences being developed for the farm
Our first lecture is titled FarmSchool: Grazing on Grasslands 101. This all day event will feature two amazing speakers who advocate for the importance of cattle grazing to restore our grasslands and rich soils. We welcome Allan Savory, founder of the Savory Institute and the man behind holistic management. Nicolette Hahn Niman, author, environmental attorney and rancher, will be discussing the topic of her new book, Defending Beef. You can discover more about the conference by following this link
Next up in May is our second Vintage and Antique Marketplace and Farmers Market. We are excited about creating Agro Tourism in our valley in a gently way. Pleasants Valley Road is a hidden gem in the middle of N. California surround by rolling hills. May 30th from 8 am – 4p.m Over 20 antique dealers will set up displays under the oak trees, framed by the lavender gardens.. Local farmers from our region will be here with the bounty of their fields. And, of course, delicious food to eat in the olive orchard. This country fair is about reconnecting with your neighbors and friends. Laughing under the trees and making memories. Come step back in time with us.
Admission is $5 per person
Kids under 15 are free
Until our next letter
Soul Food Farm