|Welcome to the "Food Chain Farm" website. We're right there under the rainbow with the solar panels on the roof. (Photo courtesy of Jerry Kalman)
We're "hobby" farmers in the Southern California mountains. We moved here from Boston in 2003 and bought 3.18 acres with fruit trees, a nature trail and a nice house from a retired engineer at HP. Since then we've converted the garage to an office, upgraded most systems, added solar electric and water heating and added lots of high tech stuff. On the property, we've gone totally organic, expanded the gardening with two dozen raised beds, added - and removed - fruit trees to suit our tastes and experimented with low impact irrigation and watering systems. We have been very successful growing some things, no so much in others, but we generally grow more than we need and donate the rest to the local food bank. We've tried to create an inviting environment for our favorite creatures like butterflies and hummingbirds.
After almost 15 years - and a realization that we're not getting any younger, we're ready to move back to the city. We want to sell Food Chain Farm to people who will appreciate its natural beauty and relaxing environment. It's got something for everyone - a well-maintained house updated with lots of high-tech amenities and a giant home office or den and a large barn set up for the mechanic or hobbyist - or large scale gardener. Interested? Take the virtual tour and download the details. Below are photos and descriptions about the property, gardens and wildlife.
The name "Food Chain Farm"? Well, we have found rabbit carcasses left by the hawks and watched them take out doves on the fly. The coyotes and owls help clean out the other pests. Our "wild" pet cat (below, with one of his catches) adopted us quite a few years ago and he scoured the property for rodents, birds and lizards. He disappeared in 2015- fate unknown.
So we daily watch the "food chain" in action - hence the name.
This website was really for us - to document the work on the farm and keep records and a calendar of seasonal work we need to remember. If you find it helpful or interesting - that's great! Just remember that what we write here is 1) our opinion, 2) particular to our location/property and 3) you should use the information here at your own discretion. (That's a "disclaimer" in case you decide to sue us for giving "bad advice"!)
Below are some of our pages - right now we are adding photos to the pages.
Why We Named It Food Chain Farm
Getting Garden Advice, Joys of The Local Farm Store
Gardening - Vegetables and Fruits
Going on Vacation
Climate, SoCal and Micro Climates
Spectacular skies, Hail in California
Birds, The Behavior of Hummingbirds, a new way to look at hummingbirds, Feeding Orioles
New: The life cycle of Monarch butterflies at our farm.
Bees: we've got 'em, we host a beehive from a farmer.
You can purchase our story of the Monarch Life Cycle here at Food Chain Farm for only $0.99 at the Apple iTunes store - https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/life-cycle-monarch-butterfly/id671515734?ls=1