Our Native Environment
Native American artifacts and Yoni can be found on the property. The land was believed to be a food extraction site and a site for coming-of-age rituals.
The unique microclimate lends itself to a variety of flora and fauna that may not be expected in the high desert. We have a variety of snakes, toads and frogs, lots of rabbits, coyotes, bobcats, deer, barn owls, hawks, and a plethora of migratory birds. Our flora ranges from desert cacti to oak woodland.
The farm is nestled on 32 acres near the Tecate Divide in East San Diego County. We believe our property is very unique. Here are some of the reasons why:
We are one of the few locales in San Diego that are lucky enough to enjoy the four seasons. The temperatures range from up to 90 degress in the summer to the high 20s and low 30s in the winter. This allows us to grow many of the high chill hour fruits that are not commercially produced in Southern California.
The Land We Farm
We farm around an acre of mixed annual and perennial vegetables and herbs, berries, and fruit trees. Our gardens are located at 4 different sites due to the rocky and hilly terrain that runs north to south down the middle of our property. Each plot has its own unique microclimate that we've had to observe and understand since our move here in order to maximize our harvest and minimize pests and damage from severe weather.
We like to think that we don't work the land, we work with the land as we learn from and listen to the plants, animals, insects, weather and soil and what they have to teach us of nature's seasonal flow on our piece of land.
Our 5 year goals include reforesting bare land, adding more perennial plants, improving our pasture areas and grazing livestock, and overall creating an oasis of food crops that will build soil, capture carbon, and be enjoyed for many generations.