How to Choose Food for Baby Chicks and Layers

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.

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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.

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Stan and Matilda. Love at First Moo.

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.

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2017 Olive Harvest

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.



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The Baby Chicks are Getting bigger!

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.

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How to Introduce Baby Chickens into their New Home

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.

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Introducing new baby chicks into their little hen house

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.



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The Beauty of Resilience

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

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.

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The Dirt Beneath My Feet


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
Free parking

Until our next letter

With Affection
Soul Food Farm

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After the tears came new ideas and happiness

April 18, 2012
Dear Former CSA Friends and Fans,
I wanted to write and just touch base with all of you and talk about good news.It has been almost 10 months since we shut down Soul Food Farm as a pastured chicken and egg farm After the last CSA delivery the winter settled in leaving me time to mull over the odyssey of the last ten years. At first it felt like such a failure. A train wreck of ideas and dreams. Then January rolled along with its cold days and endless cups of coffee. With hours to think and to cold to work outside, something began to settle and ideas started to peculate again. Fix up the house? travel? build a better farm?
In February I went to Haiti with Partners of the America’s, a US AID project. They needed a chicken expert and I had the time, so I went for two weeks. There are farmers in Haiti who are looking at chickens as a source of income and food. Of course they are having the same issues that our little farm had. Food cost, labor, disease and finding markets. I don’t know how helpful I was, Haiti is such a broken country. But, I did come home with a new sense of purpose and the understanding that giving up isn’t an option for so many people. What the hell was I thinking wallowing in self pity.
The last 10 months has given Eric and I a chance to get back on our feet and start creating the farm we have held in our hearts all these years. The house is repainted and redecorated and goes up as a vacation rental, farm stay in three weeks. I have moved into my little office and it is the prettiest most charming space I have ever lived in. Eric is working again as an Engineer and living in a 100 year old house built by my great grandmother in San Francisco. He comes home on the weekends and says how good everything looks.
It took several month to sell or give away chicken equipment and chickens, which lead us to start cleaning out years of stuff we just don’t need anymore. We kept 100 chickens and are experimenting with feeding them less processed feed and more seeds, vegetables and fruits. Plus we decided to eliminate soy from their diet and now feed them hemp seeds for protein. We are selling eggs from the farm these days, plus our lavender essential oil and the culinary salts. If any off you still come by Vacaville please stop in and pick up some eggs. I know many of you “gifted” me your balance, but I would be so happy to know you had eggs again from the little fridge in the driveway. Just leave me a note in case I miss you. I think you could use your old balance. Just contact me and I’ll look it up and see what you have. I can handle that if it means good eggs on your table.
We also rent out space to another farmer named Michael Hoolihan who cultivates 5 acres and grows vegetables at Soul Food.
We are only selling from the farm,! The days of running around are over, but think about shopping your farm this summer.
More changes are in the works but for now this seems like enough news. We miss you all and hope that you have new sources for good protein. We still need more farmers even if it is challenging.
Excuse all the typos and such. You know writing is not my forte.
Best Alexis
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