When we first started our farm here in the
Hungry Hollow in 1983 years ago, guess what was here? To put
it simply, twenty acres of dirt. Level (mostly), with the remains of
a fallow Milo field, and two olive trees. So we planted trees. Six
hundred Casuarinas trees, actually (yes, we were rather
ambitious...)and two and a half acres of fruit trees
And then we planted native flowering shrubs, and native grasses, and
native California trees. (We planted a few kids, too.)
And over the years we established a farming system that includes
over seventy annual and perennial crops.
And whatta-ya-know, in the time it took to get three kids through
high school and into college, we have a blooming, buzzing,
flowering, fruiting, diverse community that scientists call an "agroecosystem".
So we don't just farm, we provide habitat for an enormous range of
species who like to rest in, nest in, feed on, and reproduce in the
several hundred different types of plants growing on our farm.
White Stem Filarre
Common Broadleaf Plantain
White Sweet Clover
Little Seed Canarygrass
White-tailed (black-shouldered) kite
Northern (Bullock's) oriole
Striped Races Snake
Common King snake
As an organically-farmed agro-ecosystem, Good Humus Produce supports
a wide diversity of plants, animals, reptiles, insects, and
microorganisms. Visitors to our farm include raptors, pollinators,
predators, and many, many types of herbivores!