Day on the Farm–taking place Saturday May 11, 2013 from 10am to 3pm–is a self guided tour of the organic farms located in the gorgeous Ojai Valley. Meet the farmers and foodies who bring fresh local produce to your farmers’ market. Talk to the farmers, taste a sample, sign up for a CSA . . . every farm and its offerings is deliciously unique.
The farms were gorgeous, and if you didn’t get to experience the sublime delight of del Pueblo’s freshly picked salad, Wiley’s mixed-and-made-on-the-spot fritters or Carol Wade’s cooling herb infused tea . . . well, you’ll just have to come next year! Here are some pics . . . mostly taken before or after the crowds and we apologize for not getting any at Omaggio or Sulphur Mountain CSA. If YOU took some pics, please send them to us and we’ll post them forthwith! Ideas for next year? Other farms? Music? Send us your thoughts.
And thanks all for coming to Day on the Farm 2013!
We’ve posted before but here it is again. Also, one of our farms is not on the map, but here’s the address: Stoke Grove Farm, 182 South Lomita, Ojai, CA 93023. You can google it, or ask for directions at del Pueblo or Meiners Oaks School Garden . . . Stoke Grove is close to both of those stops. (Click on the map to get a printable size.)
Come visit the Meiners Oaks Elementary school garden on Saturday! This garden has been under the care of Food for Thought Ojai since 2005 and is 6,000 square ft. of organically grown edibles. Garden Coordinator, David White has worked with Garden Club students and Food for Thought volunteers to create a fabulous outdoor classroom with numerous fruit trees, a food forest, extensive composting, culinary herbs, grape vines, and vermicomposting.
Wiley Connell at Stoke Grove Farms
Stoke Grove Farm is located on two and a half acres of excellent land in Meiners Oaks. Ojai original Wiley Connell grows organic vegetables and fruit at Stoke Grove, and though he started his farm only a few months ago, he’s been working with master agronomist Steve Sprinkel for a long time. At Stoke Grove Wiley is committed to growing organically and also plans to integrate animals within the rotations of his crops—while still making at least some time to surf. Currently he’s growing tomatoes in trenches in the hopes of utilizing the understory of the plants to grow edible mushrooms. He also wants to use the farm to educate future generations by cooperating with local and nonlocal schools to help kids to learn what makes good food.
Like any good farmer, Wiley’s growing practices on the farm are evolving. Right now he’s experimenting with techniques to cut down water usage and other outside inputs as much as possible. A main priority, he says, is to only employ growing techniques that enhance the ecosystems present within the soil.
“In order for we humans to be able to continue with the earthly endeavor, the land needs to be respected as something sacred.” – Wiley.
BTW: Wiley joined the tour after we made the map, so here’s his farm’s address: 182 South Lomita, Ojai, CA 93023.
Who needs petro-chemicals when you can have buckwheat?
A quick soil cover, weed suppressor, preferred home for pollinators and beneficial insects, topsoil loosener, and a rejuvenator for low-fertility soils. Just ask our farmers . . .
Day on the Farm 2013 is set to begin the evening before! On May 10, at Chaparral Auditorium in Ojai, Day on the Farm, Food for Thought Ojai, Ojai Valley Green Coalition and the Ojai Center for Regenerative Agriculture are co-sponsoring an everyone’s-welcome community potluck between 6:30pm and 9:30pm. At 7:30pm we will screen the award-winning movie, Ladies of the Land–about women small farmers; following that, a panel of Ojai-based women farmers will share their experiences and take questions from guests. See you there!
Alice Waters is coming to Ojai to support Food for Thought . . . how cool is that! We’ll be there too!
Food for Thought is stop #2 on our tour. See you tomorrow AND on May 11!
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